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    Did you know that over 70% of Seattle Public Schools volunteers are family members of our students? This school year, family volunteers are involved more than ever, making sure their students are connected to teachers and classmates remotely. THANK YOU for volunteering with Seattle Public Schools in the past and for taking on an even greater role during this unprecedented time.

    If you are in a position to add a volunteer commitment to your life in support of students most adversely affected by COVID-19, please read the following information:

    Despite a huge shortage of devices, SPS was able to purchase laptops and iPads for every student this fall. However, many students are facing numerous other remote learning challenges, including:

    • Digital inequity,
    • New financial stresses, housing instability,
    • Conflicting work schedules of adults working outside the home - essential workers.

    Volunteers make a BIG difference in the virtual classroom!

    Schools with the largest numbers of students who qualify for free or reduced cost lunches (FRL) tend to both have the highest need for volunteers and lowest numbers of volunteers applying.

    • 6-12 grades SEATTLE WORLD SCHOOL 93% Central Seattle
    • 9-12 grades SOUTH LAKE SCHOOL 87% SE Seattle
    • PK-5 grades WEST SEATTLE 82% SW Seattle
    • K-5 grades RISING STAR 81% SE Seattle
    • PK-5 grades BAILEY GATZERT 79% Central Seattle
    • 9-12 grades RAINIER BEACH 78% SESeattle
    • 6-8 grades AKI KUROSE 77% SE Seattle
    • K-5 grades CONCORD 77% SW Seattle
    • K-5 grades ROXHILL 77% SW Seattle
    • K-5 grades WING LUKE 76% Central Seattle
    • 9-12 grades INTERAGENCY 75% SE Seattle
    • K-5 grades RAINIER VIEW 75% SE Seattle
    • PK-5 grades DUNLAP 74% SE Seattle
    • K-5 grades NORTHGATE 74% NW Seattle
    • K-5 grades HIGHLAND PARK 73% SW Seattle
    • K-5 grades DEARBORN PARK 71% SE Seattle
    • 6-8 gradesDENNY 70% SW Seattle
    • K-5 grades OLYMPIC HILLS 70% NE Seattle

    * Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and milk.

    What type of help do schools need? 

    Volunteer needs vary by school and time of the year. Below are some ways you may offer to help, but please be open to the most urgent needs the school may present you with:

    • Classroom or library help: Read or listen to students read in your native language, organize books, prepare materials, tutoring math, and more!
    • Virtual/remote classroom assistance or tech support: We recently created guidelines for remote volunteers! See the handbook's "Remote Volunteer" section for details. 
    • Before and between classes: Help for 30-40min during recess, in the lunchroom, or as students arrive in the morning. Your positive presence will brighten students’ day, help them be safe and on their best behavior.
    • Lost & found: Offer to organize lost and found items once or twice per month.
    • Special talents: Schools have many specialized needs. Are you fluent in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese or Chinese? Can you lend a hand in the learning garden or the robotics club?

    SPS volunteers