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Volunteer at Wedgwood

There are many ways to volunteer at Wedgwood Elementary School!

The Wedgwood PTA website organizes many current volunteer openings and up-to-date information of how you can get involved and lend a hand.

Library Volunteers

Opportunities to assist with Curbside Checkout or specific library projects will be available during distance learning. All volunteers will need to adhere to CDC guidelines. Masks and social distancing will be required. Adults interested in volunteering in the library, please contact our librarian, Kristi Leland, at klleland@seattleschools.org.

Musical Volunteers

Each spring Wedgwood Elementary students perform an amazing musical, thanks to the talents of Multi-Arts teacher, Eia Waltzer. Ms. Waltzer works closely with students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades as actors, singers, back stage managers, and our crew (who run props, costumes, as well as the light and sound boards).

Although students take charge of the performance, this would not be possible without the support of an incredible team of parent volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s musical, please contact Eia Waltzer at eawaltzer@seattleschools.org.

Other Volunteers

Please contact your child’s teacher or principal, Christy Smith at clsmith2@seattleschools.org to see what other volunteer opportunities are available this year.  

Before you volunteer, please review the District’s volunteer requirements.

How to Apply to Volunteer with Seattle Public Schools

Why Volunteer in Your Child’s School?

  • Higher grades, test scores & graduation rates
  • Better attendance
  • Increased motivation & self-esteem

Checklist for New Volunteers

Visit our volunteer website to:

  • Review volunteer handbook
  • Complete online training
  • Apply securely online
  • Background check required

Questions? Contact your school office or visit Volunteer

Additional Steps for Certain Volunteer Roles

The following volunteer roles require a national background check, regardless of how long the volunteer has resided in Washington:

  1. Unsupervised volunteers who work with children regularly (including remote/virtual volunteers).
  2. Volunteers chaperoning overnight field trips longer than three days.
  3. Volunteers involved in any sports or gym activities coordinated by the school (for Athletics see *).

If situations 2 or 3 apply to you, visit the volunteer website to learn more.

* Important: Athletic coaches must apply via SPS Athletics Department.

Sports Safety

All gym and sports volunteers must be current on CPR, First Aid, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion Courses.

Field Trips

Field trip volunteers supervise students. Once approved to volunteer, request additional forms from the field trip organizer to review and acknowledge your important responsibilities.

Keeping Students Safe

Child Abuse Prevention

Nationally, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before age 18. Volunteers help to protect children by learning to recognize and report potential abuse.

At SPS, each volunteer completes an online Sexual Misconduct Prevention training before start of their service.

Criminal Background Check

  • If you have lived in Washington State for the past three (3) years, SPS will complete your state background check at no cost to you.
  • If you came to Washington from another state in the past three years, you will need to purchase a one-time national background check.

New or newly returned to the U.S.?

Visit the SPS Volunteer page for more information.

Why is there a fee for out-of-state background checks?

Unlike our state, the federal government does not provide schools with free screening tools. SPS selected a vendor to offer secure, affordable background checks for the volunteers who need them ($21 in most cases).

Frequently Asked Questions

I completed an online application in 2021. Do I have to reapply this year?

Your online application is on file so please do not create a new application. On your second volunteer anniversary, you will receive an email with log-in instructions to renew your application.

Can I use my smart phone to apply?
Our online volunteer application is smart-phone friendly.

Thank you for helping create safe schools, and for your generous donation of time and talent!