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Volunteer

Family Commitment and Tracking

All Channing Hall families are asked to volunteer at least 36 hours a year. The list below offers a variety of options, but there are many more. Please remember to track your volunteer hours here.

Volunteer Background Checks 

Keeping students and staff safe is at the forefront of everything we do. As part of that effort, and to comply with state law, we do volunteer background checks for adults who may have unsupervised time with students, particularly during field trips.

Any volunteer who will be attending field trips must undergo a regional-level background check, which includes fingerprinting. This is a more comprehensive background check than we have used in the past and provides not only a look at past records, but also ongoing monitoring. The one-time cost is $15-$25, depending upon where you have your fingerprints taken. The background check will be good for a lifetime.

Instructions and required forms can be downloaded here.

Please do your fingerprinting two weeks in advance of the field trip to ensure adequate time for processing. 

Questions? Contact your teacher, the front desk, or our business manager.

Classroom Opportunities

Grades K-5 − Many teachers need help with small groups and other activities. Contact them directly to arrange times.

Grades 6-8 − Middle Years teachers have fewer in-class needs, but will send occasional emails requesting help with field trips and other activities. 

Art − Need volunteers to assist with projects, display artwork, organize portfolios, and run the art fair. 

CTE/FACS − Volunteers may be invited to discuss their careers or help with sewing, cooking, computers, or other projects. 

PE − Help with fitness testing or regular classroom activities.

Room Parent − Work with teachers in Grades K-5 to plan holiday parties and to celebrate Cultural Awareness and Teacher Appreciation Week. Contact CHAPS or your child's teacher.

Library & Book Fair

The library can use volunteers most days. Help is also needed during two book fairs each year. For more information, contact the library.

CHAPS Events

Parent volunteers are essential for staging these fun CHAPS-sponsored events. Send an email to CHAPS to volunteer.

Inspirations Art Contest − Committee helps organize a kick-off assembly in September to inspire students to enter the contest, collects and organizes entries, ensures students follow contest rules, arranges for judging, puts together small prizes for participants, organizes an awards event in November, and communicates where and when regional and state events take place.

Community Involvement − Committee plans and coordinates one community service event each year.

Veterans Day − Committee organizes and conducts a semi-annual assembly honoring veterans. On the off years, Veterans Day is observed in individual classes.

Health & Safety − Help with Red Ribbon Week, fruits and vegetables challenge, anti-bullying week, oral health month, and more.

Reading Contest − Committee organizes a month-long reading contest, including kick-off event in January, distributing reading logs, tallying minutes, tracking each class's progress on a fun display in the main entry, and organizing a closing celebration/reward assembly.

Hospitality/Staff Appreciation − Volunteers provide snacks for teachers during Student Led Conferences, acknowledge staff birthdays, cater a staff luncheon in December, and plan special treats for each day of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Fun Run − Committee oversees the creation of Fun Run T-shirts, distribution and collection of pledge packets, distribution of T-shirts, and activities on Fun Run day.

Fun Run Prize Committee − Collect prizes for children who bring in the most money for the fun run.

Spirit Committee − Publicize all CHAPS events through the creation of posters and banners.

Yearbook − Photograph school activities and provide them to the school for the yearbook.

Bulletin Boards − Help maintain boards that recognize student birthdays and spotlight teachers.