Schools and administrative centers of the Pinellas School District have lots of volunteer opportunities for those who want to contribute.
A tutor may work one on one with a student or with small groups of students who need to reinforce basic skills in a subject. Placements are made with students from prekindergarten through high school and with students in workforce development schools. Training is available.
Mentors work with struggling students to motivate them to stay focused on school. Volunteers tutor, set short-term goals and serve as role models. Mentor workshop required.
Adult literacy tutor
Volunteers work one on one with students at adult centers, where they are preparing for General Educational Development exams or learning basic skills.
Volunteers work closely with teachers and staff members. Duties in elementary schools may include telling stories, reading with children and preparing bulletin boards. Duties in middle schools, high schools and adult education centers may include working on special projects, operating audiovisual equipment, performing clerical duties, making instructional materials, reviewing homework and assisting with testing.
Gus A. Stavros Institute
Gus A. Stavros Institute, home to Enterprise Village and Finance Park
Enterprise Village is the school system's "minimall" for fifth-graders as they learn about the free enterprise system. Volunteers serve as shop supervisors, shop owners or consumers, or price merchandise, advertise products, serve customers and manage a small business. Training is required.
Finance Park helps eighth-graders make intelligent, lifelong personal and financial decisions. Volunteers help students develop budgets and manage their finances, answer questions and distribute materials.
Clerical assistants help staff at a school, administrative center or adult/community education center. Duties include typing, computer entry, copying, bookkeeping, record keeping and answering phones.
Media center/library assistant
Volunteers help fill teacher and student requests for services, work at the circulation desk, catalog and shelve books, use a computer, mend books and operate audiovisual equipment.
Volunteers share their computer skills and knowledge of various models of computers and software, and assist students and/or school personnel in classrooms or administrative offices.
School Advisory Council member
Elected members represent a cross-section of the school's students and the area in which the school is located. Volunteers from the community may express an interest in becoming a member. The SAC functions as a resource for the principal on school improvement goals.
Businesses or organizations become involved with the activities of a class of students or an entire department in one school.
Typically involves the whole school. Regular communication, mutual objectives and specific outcomes are part of these relationships.
Corporate/community volunteer program
Participants are encouraged by their organization or company to become tutors or mentors for struggling students. In many cases, businesses allow flexible schedules to accommodate volunteer time during the day.
Off-site tutoring projects
The community involvement department assists local community groups seeking to establish tutoring centers for neighborhood students after school. St. Pete Reads is a model for off-site tutoring projects.
Speakers use their professional skills and life experiences to enrich the curriculum and the classroom.
Great American Teach-In
Members of the community spend an hour, a few class periods or a day at schools in mid November each year (Nov. 19, 2008), telling students about a career, hobby or personal experience, organizing an activity, reading a story or teaching a class.
For information on becoming a volunteer, contact family and community relations at (727) 323-6628.
To participate in the Teach-In, contact your local school or Kay Masters at 588-6000, ext. 1951.