Volunteer in Your Child's Classroom


The Portland Public Schools welcomes volunteers and community involvement in our schools.

A part-time community coordinator works in each of Portland’s schools.  The community coordinators develop and coordinate opportunities for meaningful family, business and/or community involvement with our students and staff.  People interested in volunteering should fill out the Volunteer Application and Student Privacy Statement and Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement that appear on this page and submit them to the community coordinator at their local school.

Parent groups support many of our schools.  Each group works to meet the needs of its school, and often engages in local fundraising to support student programming.  Parent groups also provide volunteers and in-kind donations.   For more information, please contact the school principal.

Business and community partners are critical to achieving the Portland Public Schools’ mission.  These partners contribute time, money, expertise and resources to our schools to enhance student achievement.  Portland schools currently partner with more than 100 area businesses and nonprofit organizations.   To find out how your business or organization can get involved, please contact the community coordinators.

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Click here to complete an application to become a volunteer for Portland Public Schools.

If you would like to view the Volunteer Application in a language other than English, please choose your language below to open the same numbered application.

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It's a Good Deal: For the Child, School, and Parent! To become a volunteer, contact Phyllis Hey @874-8220 for an appointment and paperwork. To reasonably insure the safety of our students, any volunteer in the Portland Public Schools must have an initial screening which includes a state of Maine background check before they can work in our schools. This does not include one-time volunteers such as those who present to our students or volunteers who do work from home.


Both working and stay-at-home parents have advantages when it comes to helping out. Discuss ideas that appeal to you with your child's teacher to find the best contribution for you both. Here are some suggestions:

At School:

*Come in and talk about your career; bring props to engage kids.
*Read to the class or individual students.
*Share your culture or ethnic background with food and celebrations.
*Work with a small group of students.
*Supervise kids on the playground or at the library.
*Help out with an art or science activity.
*Direct an activity or share a special skill.
*Set up and clean up a class party.
*Chaperone a field trip.
*Assist in the computer lab.
*Help in the library.
*Donate items to the classroom.
*Help out on picture day.
*Weed our gardens.

At Your Home or Office:

*Make copies; type and proofread student stories.
*Cut out materials.
*Make a Big Book for the class.
*Clip coupons or bargain-hunt for classroom supplies.
*Phone other parents at the teacher's direction.
*Invite the class for a tour of your office or place of business


*Join the PTO.
*Recruit other parents to help.
*Research and organize community service projects.
*Coordinate a school fundraiser.
*Put your own expertise and connections to work. Do you know a printer who could help with the newsletter? Are you a computer whiz who could help build a Web site? Would your employer donate supplies?

Your help, no matter how imaginative or practical, will be appreciated. Just be sure to clear your plans with your child's teacher beforehand and stick to the guidelines you both establish. Sharing your particular talents is the best way to make a contribution that will satisfy everyone.