We welcome volunteers in our schools!
There are a number of ways that community and student family members can help in our schools. From joining the school PTA to working with a community organization, there are many ways to get involved, including
Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) is a statewide reading support program that pairs volunteers with students on a weekly basis at their schools. One-on-one reading volunteers and site coordinators needed. Help inspire a love of reading and learning! Visit www.SMARTReading.org or call 503.391.8423 to learn more.
McMinnville Education Foundation (MEF)
MEF funds programs for district schools (including Battle of the Books, Artist-in-Residence and Science Experiences) primarily with a fun run in the fall (Runtoberfest) and the newly added Pickleball tournament in August. Find out more and contact MEF here.
All district elementary schools have off-campus learning opportunities organized by grade. The field trips are mostly at Miller Woods, the Evergreen Space Museum or Metzer Park. Volunteers lead a learning station, which involves explaining the activity, passing out materials and helping with things like planting seedlings, scooping pond water, etc. (Training provided onsite!) Contact Kim Gerhart, 503.565.4004, with questions and to sign up.
Family Resource Center
The MSD Family Resource Center serves district families in a variety of ways. Volunteers help with stocking the food pantry after a donation and/or helping sort and shelve clothing donations. Contact Toni Jimenez, 503.565.4225, for more information.
All MSD schools have a parent-teacher association and anyone interested in supporting children’s education is welcome to join. PTAs focus on fundraising to provide additional activities, services and equipment for students and teachers. Fundraisers such as jog-a-thons, spring carnivals, etc. need volunteers to organize and manage the events. Contact a school for information about their PTA.
Schools often need help in the classrooms or teacher support like copying, stuffing folders, creating bulletin boards, etc. Contact a school directly or call Melanie Jobb, 503.565.4017, at the district office.