Volunteering

Volunteering at school

If you have something to offer, or if you just want to help out in whatever way you can, discuss the possibilities with teachers, who might arrange something with you personally or talk with Elizabeth Melville and Janine Hart who can answer your questions and make suggestions on how you may best volunteer in the school. Here are just some of the ways a volunteer can help:

  • act as a classroom helper
  • mentor or tutor students
  • help children with special needs
  • help organise, cater, or work at fundraising activities such as bake sales or car washes
  • help to plan and chaperone field trips, track meets, and other events that take place away from the school
  • help to plan and chaperone in-school events such as discos
  • organize or assist with a specific club or interest group. If you have an interest in an activity that isn't currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a sports club or cycling team.
  • assist with sports and fitness programs or work at sporting events
  • help the school administrators prepare grant proposals, letter-writing campaigns, or press releases or provide other administrative assistance
  • attend school board meetings
  • work as a library assistant or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library
  • sew costumes or build sets for assemblies
  • coach music for individual students
  • help out with visual arts, crafts, and design courses and projects
  • hold a workshop for students in trade or technical programs
  • spend some time with a specific club or interest group (ask the teacher who sponsors the group)
  • volunteer to speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you'd like to share

Remember that not everyone is suited for the same type of involvement — you may have to "try on" a number a few activities before you find something that feels right. If you're at a loss for how you can help, just ask your child's teacher, who will likely be glad to help you think of something!


Volunteer Form