Volunteers in the Classroom

There are many opportunities to volunteer at Platte County School District. Whether it is during the school day helping in the office with clerical duties, mentoring a student with math facts, or participating in the many PTA sponsored activities and programs, Platte County R-3 encourages your involvement. If you would like to use your talents by volunteering in one of our buildings, please contact that building principal to share your abilities and offer your services.

Goal of the Volunteer Program

The goal of the Platte County School District volunteer program is to assist schools in providing the best possible education for each student. Volunteer services are utilized to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Relieve teachers and support personnel of some of the non-instructional tasks
  • Provide teachers with more time to work with students
  • Enrich the curriculum and children's learning opportunities
  • Provide individual attention to those children who need more one-on-one assistance than the classroom teacher is able to provide
  • Promote a school-home-community partnership for quality education

Volunteer Opportunities

The Platte County School District offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities working with children as well as jobs for those who prefer not to work directly with students. Volunteers choose the jobs that interest them and decide how many hours and days they wish to contribute. Mentor volunteers who work one-on-one with students must complete an application and background check. Click here to complete a mentor volunteer application.

Here is a sampling of volunteer opportunities:

Classroom Instructional Volunteer

Works directly with individual or small groups of students. Listens to students read, reinforces basic math skills, or assists students with written assignments.

Classroom Assistance Volunteer

Works with a teacher and performs tasks such as putting up bulletin boards, photocopying, and other jobs that will provide the teacher with more time to plan for and teach students.

Library-Media Volunteer

Works with the media specialist by repairing and shelving books, doing clerical work, or preparing bulletin boards and displays. Volunteers may choose to work directly with students helping them to locate and use library materials.

Watch D.O.G.S.

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father, grandfather, uncle and other father-figures involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are two primary goals of the Watch D.O.G.S. program: 1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important, and 2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

Pirate Pals Mentor

A school-based mentoring program for students at all grade levels. Volunteers will meet on a regular basis and serve as a role model for students.

Volunteer Handbook

Volunteers should review the Volunteer Handbook for guidelines, responsibilities, and tips on volunteering effectively.

Parent Groups

Each building has very active, supportive parent groups (PTAs, Booster, etc.). For contact information on how to volunteer or join one of these groups, please visit the "Our School" channel of your child's school webpage.