50 Best Ideas for School Volunteers

Welcome to our blog post that celebrates the power of school volunteers. As an educator, I understand the immense value and impact that dedicated volunteers bring to our classrooms. Their support not only lightens our workload but also enriches our students’ learning experiences in countless ways.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, community member, or passionate advocate for education, we extend our heartfelt appreciation for your willingness to be part of our journey.

Ideas for parent volunteers. School volunteers can come to help in the classroom with these easy and helpful suggestions...

In this blog post, we are excited to share 50 of the best ideas for school volunteers, ranging from simple tasks to more involved projects, all of which contribute to creating a vibrant and nurturing learning environment.

We hope that these ideas will inspire you to find a role that aligns with your interests, skills, and availability, ensuring a meaningful and enjoyable volunteer experience for all.

How to be a Volunteer at the School

If you’re a parent or family member and want to become a volunteer, reach out to the teacher or school, and ask how you can begin the process to volunteer in the classroom. There are many ways you can help as a volunteer at schools.  After a background check, you will likely be able to start helping at your child’s school right away.

If you’re a teacher and looking for more ways to invite parents into the classroom, the suggestions below are just what you need.

Ideas for parent volunteers. School volunteers can come to help in the classroom with these easy and helpful suggestions...

Ideas for School Volunteers

  • Take down or hang up student work
  • Take down or hang up bulletin board displays
  • Run copies
  • Sharpen pencils
  • Be a Birthday Reader: on a child’s birthday his/her parent reads to the class.  If they cannot be there in person, they can do a facetime, zoom or skype call.
  • Help the librarian restock the books.
  • Ask survey questions (Mother’s Day, All About Me, I’m Thankful for…)
  • Staple papers or staple together mini books
  • Change out seasonal material in the writing center. 
  • Tear pages out of workbooks.
  • Cut and staple decodable books or sight word readers
  • Monitor students during center time
  • Prep center activities
  • Homework help
  • Label classroom supplies
  • Organize books in the classroom library
  • Use flashcards with individuals or small groups
  • Scribe during journal writing (prek, kindergarten, and first grade)
  • Distribute and collect fundraiser or magazine forms.
  • Coordinate class parties
  • Type letters or send emails requesting donations for parties
  • Bake or purchase treats for a class party.
  • Fill goody-bags for a class party
  • Tutor students who are struggling
  • Put flyers in take-home folders
  • Prepare birthday pencils for birthdays in the classroom.
  • Attend field trips
  • Help set up school events
  • Listen to students read one-on-one
  • Assist/monitor students on the computers or tablets.
  • Be a guest speaker
  • Organize supply buckets
  • Help monitor lunch and/or outdoor recess.
  • Play math games with kids in small groups
  • Pull apart scholastic magazine
  • Put stickers on reward charts
  • Assist kids with special projects
  • Check books out or help return books at the library
  • Take pictures of a special event
  • Print material for a special event
  • Assist with fundraisers
  • Hole-punching or binding student work to make a class book.
  • Sew costumes for a school play
  • Cut out laminated materials
  • Laminate
  • Assemble binders or student portfolios
  • Hang pictures on a family display board
  • Make extra playdoh for the kids
  • Make sight word rings for each student
  • Play classic games with small groups as a rewards

Free Parent Volunteers Letter

Don’t have time to write down all of these ideas?  No worries, we have created a free printable for you!

Grab your free parent volunteer printable HERE.


We extend our gratitude to all the volunteers who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to supporting early childhood education. Family involvement strengthens the bonds between our school, families, and the broader community.
Together, we can create a learning environment that is inspiring, inclusive, and transformative for our young learners.

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Ideas for parent volunteers. School volunteers can come to help in the classroom with these easy and helpful suggestions...

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