Keyword for this page: Volunteer

Welcome

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.

Becoming a Volunteer

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.

Informational Material and Forms

Click here for Community Involvement contact information.

School Board employees can volunteer too!

How You Can Help!

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.

  • Donate To: Programs, Events, Scholarships
  • Volunteer: AmeriCorps Polk Reads or Take Stock In Children
  • Support through Sponsorship

Mentors - Youth Motivators and Take Stock in Children

Youth Motivators

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.

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Take Stock in Children

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

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AmeriCorps Polk Reads

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.

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