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Our volunteers play an invaluable role in our students' education and development. There are many ways to get involved with our schools. Volunteers make a difference in our student's lives.

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Volunteer at School  |  PTA - Parent Teacher Association  |  Art Docents  |  Science Resource Center  |  Youth Community Service

Volunteer at School
Our schools need volunteers to help with a wide variety of activities, such as:
  • Classroom
  • Booster Tutoring
  • Office
  • Library
  • Field trips-driving, escorting (Complete Field Trip Private Vehicle Form )
  • Science lab
  • Violin tuning
  • Noon supervision
  • Kinder playground supervision
  • Art
To find out how you can help, contact the school you are interested in.

PTA – Parent Teacher Associations
Each school in PAUSD has its own PTA. The PTA is a volunteer group of parents, teachers and community members who support students and teachers in classroom activities and manage school events, services, and communications. Contact your school's PTA representative for more information about meetings and activities.

Palo Alto Council of PTAs posts information about PTA programs, upcoming events, and other resources.

Art Docents
Do you love art? Do you like working with children? Our ever-popular Meet the Masters Art Heritage Program needs your help. We have designed hands-on lessons for grades K - 5. Teach about the lives of famous artists along with these easy, step-by-step lessons in elementary school classrooms.

For more information, please call the Art Education office at (650) 329-3939.

Science Resource Center
Our Science Resource Center needs your help. You don't need a science background to provide valuable service to our teachers and students. Volunteers help us offer excellent service and reduce costs. We are happy to accommodate your schedule-you can work regularly or periodically for large or small amounts of time.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Mary Childress at (650) 565-8437 or

Youth Community Service
Youth Community Service (YCS), in partnership with Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), supports service-learning and community service clubs in middle and high schools throughout the Palo Alto and Ravenswood School Districts. YCS has opportunities for parents, students, members of the community, and teachers.
  • Be a YCS club leader
  • Be your school PTA Community Service Representative
  • Start your own service project—apply for a grant
  • Join your county Volunteer Center
For more information about how to get involved, visit the Youth Community Service Web site.

Revised September 2010