Keyword for this page: Volunteer
The Polk County School Board has an outstanding volunteer program, with over one million service hours donated by more than 30,000 volunteers each year. Investing in our schools helps students succeed.
The security of our students is a primary concern. Volunteers pay a one-time, non refundable fee of $25.00 to cover the cost of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check. Payment is made by certified check or money order payable to the Polk County School Board and submitted with a volunteer application at the school site. Volunteer approval is continuous from year to year and applies to all Polk County Schools. Check with your school and make sure you are not already approved.
Contact your school site in two weeks to receive an orientation and begin volunteer service.
The Polk Education Foundation has several ways for an individual to help with the many programs they offer. Here is a list of some of the ways you can help.
Linked below, you will find “wish lists” submitted by public schools in Polk County. Noted with each list is a contact person’s name and phone number. We encourage you to make contact with the person noted before purchasing any items to make sure the need still exists, and to get details to ensure the proper items are supplied. Thank you for supporting Polk County Public Schools! View the Wish Lists here.
The Youth Motivator program brings together positive role models from the community and students who can benefit from one-on-one attention. Students are selected by teachers and guidance counselors. Parents sign a permission form for participation in the program. Students and mentors meet, usually once a week, to work together to improve grades, set goals for improved attendance and behavior or focus on career interests.
Take Stock in Children is an award-winning program that provides scholarships, mentors, and hope for a better future to Florida's most deserving low-income, at-risk children. A public-private partnership, this school-based mentoring organization has positively affected the lives of more than 11,000 children since 1995
AmeriCorps Polk Reads is a grant-funded reading tutoring program in Polk County, Florida. Members provide reading tutoring to more than 425 K-3 students each year while working collaboratively with community agencies to strengthen community ties.