Whether they’re assisting in classrooms, mentoring children on a one-on-one basis, or lending their time and efforts to district-wide initiatives, volunteers play a vital role in Polk County Public Schools’ mission of delivering a high-quality education to every student.
Ready to get involved and make a meaningful difference in the lives of our children?
Here’s how to become an approved Polk County Public Schools volunteer:
2. Submit completed application
Submit your completed application to your school along with a $25 check or money order made payable to the Polk County School Board. This fee covers your Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check, which is required for all applicants, and your volunteer identification badge.
3. Wait for your application to process
Allow up to three weeks for your application to process. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified about your approval status via mail.
4. Get your ID badge and attend orientation
Get your identification badge from your school and attend a school volunteer orientation.
Approved volunteers seeking to transport students in their private vehicles must complete an additional application found here.
There are Many Ways to Get Involved
Whether you’re seeking to become an approved volunteer to help multiple children, you’re a parent interested in being more active in your child’s education, or you’re a student seeking community service hours, Polk County Public Schools has lots of options for you to get involved.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved in Polk County Public Schools. For more information, contact the Public Relations Department at 863-534-0636, or the Polk Education Foundation at 863-534-0803.
Become a Mentor
The mentor program brings together positive role models from the community and students who can benefit from one-on-one attention.
Speak During the Great American Teach-In
Share your life experiences and inspire children to begin thinking about their futures.
Volunteer with Take Stock in Children
A public-private partnership, this school-based mentoring organization has positively affected the lives of more than 11,000 children since 1995.
Access a Polk County Public Schools Community Center
These locations provide valuable resources for both parents and students.
Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences
One of the most important ways you can get involved is by communicating effectively with your child’s teacher.
Create a Learning Environment at Home
There are lots of ways you can support the learning your child does at school.
Utilize Parent & Family Resource Centers
Parent & Family Resource Centers offer workshops, materials, and events to support the entire family.
Attend or Serve on a School Advisory Council
School Advisory Councils develop and help to implement school improvement plans.
Earn Community Service Hours
Students can earn credit, scholarships and graduation recognitions by getting involved in the school district or other facets of our community.
Donate to the Polk Education Foundation
Your financial support can make a huge difference in the lives of Polk County’s students.