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    Volunteers make a BIG difference in the classroom

    When volunteers commit to serving at a school, students achieve higher grades, have access to more opportunities, and gain community connections to help them thrive.

    • Research shows that students who receive direct support from volunteer tutors achieve higher grades, test scores, and are more likely to graduate.

    • When volunteers provide clerical support to staff, educators have more time for instruction and individualized support for students working to meet academic standards.

    • Volunteers make programs supporting lowest-income students possible: Friday food backpacks preventing weekend hunger, school supply drives, etc.

    • Schools with large numbers of volunteers offer students more learning experiences through clubs, field trips, enrichment.

    SPS serves 53,000 vulnerable children and youth - we are committed to carefully screening volunteer candidates to ensure student safety as required by law, SPS policies, and the Washington Schools Risk Insurance Pool.

    At SPS, the volunteer application process varies based the supervision setting of your volunteer role:

    Category A Volunteer: All school and remote volunteer roles that support the school, staff or families; can include direct student contact if the volunteer is supervised. District personnel must be on site and within view if the volunteer will interact with students. Alternatively, another adult approved SPS volunteer must participate in the activity and be present at all times. Standard volunteer onboarding process applies to Category A volunteers. 

    Examples: classroom or library assistance, field trip planning, office or recess support, school newsletter editor, family tech support volunteer. 

    Category B Volunteer: All school and remote volunteer roles that involve contact with students without staff or other approved Category A volunteers present. Additional screening is required for Category B volunteers. 

    Examples: math club coach, breakout room facilitator (in a virtual classroom), one-on-one tutor (including remote/virtual), mentor. 

    New Volunteers please apply here

    Returning Volunteers please renew here

    Current Volunteering Opportunities:

    Lunch Deliveries – We have volunteers that deliver lunches to our families daily. Lunch is picked up at Olympic View at 11:30 and drivers take directly to families in our school zone. To be added to the driver list please email Sabrina O’Brien at

    PTA – Please refer to for any PTA volunteering opportunities