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Polk County Public Schools has an outstanding volunteer program. Investing in our schools helps students succeed. To learn more, contact the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships at (863) 534-0636.


Becoming a Volunteer

The security of our students is a primary concern. Volunteers pay a non refundable fee of $25.00. $24 covers the cost of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check and the remaining $1 covers the cost of a volunteer badge. Payment is made by personal check or money order payable to the Polk County School Board and submitted with a volunteer application at the school site. Check with your school and make sure you are not already approved.

Volunteer Applications

Transporting Students in Private Vehicles

PCPS employees can volunteer too!

Please complete the 2018-2019 Volunteer Application and send via courier to Kelly Stanton, Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Route E.


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


Great American Teach-In

The Great American Teach-In is an annual event coordinated by the Department of Public Relations to celebrate American Education Week. Members of the community are invited to our schools to speak to students about careers, travel and hobbies. Speakers tell how their early educational experiences relate to their current life. It is an opportunity to educate students about the world of work in a way that the students will never forget!

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The mentor 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. Tutors are accepted each summer for the upcoming school year.

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Volunteer of the Year Awards LogoOutstanding School Volunteer of the Year Program

The gift of time is precious, and volunteers are truly generous when it comes to investing this valuable resource in our schools and with our students.

This award ceremony acknowledges the crucial role school volunteers play in students’ lives and how they enrich our schools with their selfless dedication.

This event is made possible through the sponsorship of The Ledger and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union.

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