Volunteering at Eckstein

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We encourage parents and guardians to volunteer at Eckstein. Studies show that students are more successful both academically and socially in middle school when they have a parent/guardian who consistently volunteers and supports their school. No matter what your interests or schedule, there are volunteer opportunities for you at Eckstein.

If you would like to know more about volunteering, please contact LauraLeigh Young at llyoung@seattleschools.org

Seattle School District Volunteer and Chaperone Screening

Thank you for volunteering! The following screening steps must be completed before volunteering. Please click on each of the links and return the completed forms to Eckstein's main office at least one week before the you are scheduled to volunteer. The forms must be resubmitted each school year. If you have already completed forms this year at another school, you must submit copies to Eckstein along with the Volunteer Screening Checklist (Item #6).

All Volunteers

  1. Submit to Background Check. Print, complete form and submit - WA State Patrol Background Check Authorization Provide photocopy of drivers license
  2. Volunteer Policy Print and sign at the bottom - Volunteers Form 5630
  3. School District Volunteer Handbook Review the district volunteer handbook and complete pages 18 & 19 - Seattle School District Volunteer Handbook
  4. Online Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention Course Watch the district video and print the Certificate of Completion at the end - Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course

Volunteering for a Field Trip

There are extra steps to take if you are accompanying students on a field trip.

  1. Guidelines for Volunteer Field Trip Chaperones. Read, print and sign - Guidelines for Volunteer Chaperones Secondary School Day Trips
  2. Volunteer Driver Checklist. Required for field trip drivers only - Volunteer Drivers Checklist
  3. Overnight Field Trip Chaperones. Print, read and sign - Policy No 3246 - Use of Reasonable Force
    • If you will be chaperoning an OVERNIGHT field trip you must provide documentation of two years residence in Washington State Documentation can be in the form of a driver's license, an expired driver's license or a statement or invoice that includes the volunteer's name, a WA State address and a date that is at least two years before the date of the field trip.

Current volunteer opportunities at Eckstein:

Lunchtime Hall Parents/Climbing Room: Help create a safe environment for all students by increasing the adult presence in the school building and provide an indoor option for students in the rock climbing room during lunches.
Time commitment: 90 minutes weekly or every other week
Needed: Four volunteers needed each day of the week

Tutors: Work one-on-one with individual students who need a little extra support to do their best work. No experience needed!
Time commitment: One hour/week or more, depending on your schedule
Needed: Many tutors are needed each day between 8:45 am and 3:15 pm.

Packs for Kids:
Work with a team of volunteers to put together and distribute food bags for Eckstein students enrolled in the Packs for Kids weekend food support program.

Time commitment: 2 hours once or twice a month
Needed: Four volunteers on Thursday evenings and two on Friday afternoons

Landscape Committee: Work with a team of volunteers in the courtyard gardens and other special landscaping projects throughout the year.
Time commitment: Flexible, depending on your availability
Needed: Many hands makes light work, so the more volunteers the better!

Staff Appreciation Events: Help with setup, serve or bring food or beverages in support of Eckstein teaches and staff on one of several staff appreciation days throughout the year.
Time commitment: Flexible, depending on your availability
Needed: Three volunteers to help set up, many volunteers to bring food

Eckstein Annual Campaign: Be a part of the committee that coordinates the school's primary academic fundraiser, the Eckstein Annual Campaign.
Time commitment: Flexible, depending on your availability
Needed: Four additional committee members needed

PTSA: Join Eckstein's PTSA to build partnerships between families and the school.  We wrok together so that every student can meet his or her potential. We encourage everyone to join the PTSA. The more members we have, the larger our voice. We are always looking for PTSA volunteers. This is a great way to be involved at Eckstein. In the Spring, we look for PTSA Board and Chair positions. For more information about how you can get involved with PTSA or any PTSA position, visit the PTSA page by clicking the link to the left.
Time commitment: Varies, depending on the position and your availability
Needed:  General PTSA Members & Volunteers. Contact Elida Moran, PTSA president, at emoran08@gmail.com for more information.

To volunteer, contact LauraLeigh Young at llyoung@seattleschools.org

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