Be A Volunteer!
Volunteers are welcome at Harrison Middle School!
Please tap or click here to complete our Volunteer Survey. Volunteers may perform a variety of duties, such as chaperoning events, helping with class parties, assisting teachers and students, setting up special class projects or visiting classrooms to share a talent or occupational skills.
Classroom volunteers who work with students will follow these guidelines:
Classroom Volunteer Checklist
When a teacher and volunteer initially meet, they should discuss the following:
- Teacher will clearly explain the volunteer assignment
- Confidentiality: Volunteers must keep information about students confidential.
- Days and times the volunteer will work
- Alternate plans for when the teacher is absent and a substitute is in charge of the class
- Procedures to follow if volunteer will be absent (Call the school secretary as soon as possible)
- How the teacher will communicate assignments to the volunteer (folder, note, etc.)
- Where room materials are kept
- The teacher’s classroom procedures and rules (such as management system, reinforcement techniques, where the volunteer can leave personal belongings)
- Concerns: If you are uncomfortable working with a student, or if he/she has a behavioral problem, share this with the teacher. We expect our students to respect all staff members, including those who volunteer.
- Fire Drill Procedure: Volunteers should follow the rules and examples of the teacher with whom they are working. During the fire drill, if a volunteer has a child outside the classroom, the child should be taken out the nearest exit, and the volunteer should stay with the child in a safety zone.
If the volunteer will be working in academic areas with students, the teacher and the volunteer should also discuss:
- Pertinent background information about the student(s)
- Special needs of the student(s) and skills that need to be developed
- Tips for working with the student(s), such as his or her learning style
Important: Never discipline a child while serving as a volunteer. Always seek the assistance of a professional.
Important Qualities of Volunteers
Punctuality: Always arrive on time for any volunteer activity. The school day and class activities are set for specific times. If you are 10-20 minutes late, the activity may be over when you arrive.
Dependability: Teachers and staff members rely on the services performed by volunteers. If you are unable to volunteer on your scheduled day, please contact the school so other arrangements can be made.
Confidentiality: Volunteers must protect the teachers’ and students’ right to privacy. You may not disclose school affairs or personal matters which have come to your attention while in school. Discuss student problems only with the teacher or staff member with whom you are working.
Interest: As a volunteer, you will gain a feeling of satisfaction from your work because you bring with you an interest in young people. The ideal volunteer believes in each child’s ability to lear and grow and recognizes that well-educated children are our greatest natural resource.
Desire: The ideal volunteer has a desire to teach, to learn, and to help. The volunteer has the time and willingness to serve and supports the school’s efforts to educate each student to his or her potential.
Working with Students
Because students look at volunteers as role models, it is important that volunteers dress and act appropriately while at school.
It is also important to respect a teacher’s need to teach by not interrupting them with personal conversations or questions during class time. The teacher will be glad to make an appointment before or after school to talk with you about your child.
Students Learn By:
- Doing, not by observing
- Asking questions and searching for answers
- Discovering, experimenting and repeating experiences which build confidence
Volunteers Can Help Students By:
- Learning their names and using them often
- Listening carefully to students
- Being patient. Refer disciplinary problems to the teacher when necessary
- Letting children know they are important
- Praising them for success
- Being sincere and honest
- Showing a genuine interest in students