Volunteer in Your Child's Classroom



 Portland Public Schools Volunteer Forms 

Please print and fill out prior to meeting with our Community Coordinator. Thank you for your donation of time and resources!

Student Privacy Statement and Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement - new 2010 forms





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.