Dear Ingraham parents and guardians,
Research studies have shown that students achieve more when parents and guardians are actively involved in their child's education; this is true regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or parental education level.
Parents often reduce the time they spend volunteering when their teenager reaches high school, because the student may not want to see his/her parents anywhere near the school. But it is easy to volunteer at Ingraham without your student ever encountering you!
Because of tight budgets and enrollment increases, Ingraham needs parent involvement now more than ever. There are volunteer opportunities at Ingraham to meet everyone’s schedule and interests. You can even work on projects at home.
Volunteering at Ingraham is a great way to meet the staff and other parents, contribute to the well-being of all students, build community, and learn information that your student doesn’t share with you at home. Last, but not least, volunteering is a lot of fun!
If you plan to volunteer in the presence of students on site at Ingraham, you must first:
Complete the following forms and submit them to the Ingraham main office (by email or in person):
Email to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
SPS Volunteer Application
Additionally, all volunteers must complete the SPS on-line adult sexual misconduct (ASM) prevention training, Adult Sexual Misconduct Video Training . After completion of the video screenshot the certificate or save as a pdf and send it to email@example.com
Last, please bring a piece of photo ID to the school office during office hours (7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) for verification (required for background screening). If you are unable to come in person, you may email a copy of your photo ID to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com.
For questions regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact the Ingraham Volunteer Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOI Volunteer Opportunities
Browse through the information below. You may also use this form to indicate your particular interests: Ingraham Volunteer Choice Form.
Tutoring: There are a variety of tutoring opportunities, primarily for Math, Language Arts, and Science tutors. We need tutors during the school day in classrooms, at after-school study halls, and during occasional “Saturday School” intensive help sessions. No previous tutoring experience is necessary.
General Teacher Support: Teachers often need help with a variety of tasks such as photocopying, organizing books and files, preparing teaching materials, and correcting papers. Work can be accomplished during class or outside of school hours. Time commitments range from weekly support to once-a-year special projects.
Field Trips: Volunteers are always needed to accompany students and teachers on occasional field trips during the school day. Join the fun and attend a play, visit a museum, or tour a college campus. Your student need not be in the class attending the field trip (and you just might have more fun without them).
CBT Support: Ingraham’s Community-Based Training program helps students with disabilities to prepare for life after high school (for more information on CBT, visit the Academics page of Ingraham’s web site.) The CBT program can use help in the classroom; during off-campus field trips and activities; and during first period adaptive PE “Special Olympics” classes (basketball in fall and winter, track and soccer in spring). Time commitments can range from single-day events to ongoing weekly assistance.
Library Support: Due to budget cuts, Ingraham no longer has a library assistant. Therefore, volunteers now help organize, file, and shelve books and other library materials. Volunteers also help create special displays. Time commitments range from once a week to once a year, and our super Librarian Betty Brennan provides training.
Staff Appreciation: Once a month the Staff Appreciation Committee provides homemade breakfast goodies and an espresso cart (paid for by the Friends of Ingraham PTO) to honor our wonderful Ingraham staff. In May the Staff Appreciation volunteers prepare a celebratory staff lunch. Gourmet bakers and cooks are always welcome on this team.
Auction: The annual Spring Ingraham Auction is a cherished community-building entertainment event, and it is a major fund-raiser for the school. It takes many talents to make the auction a success, and a broad range of volunteer opportunities and time commitments are available.
Annual Fund Appeal: Ingraham’s Annual Fund Drive raises money by direct appeal, to fund grant requests by our teaching staff. Volunteers with an interest in communications and fundraising development are encouraged to join this team.
Grounds and Building Committee: Ingraham’s Grounds and Building volunteers help keep the Ingraham campus looking its best. This is a great opportunity for people who have time on occasional weekends, love to get some exercise, and enjoy the immediate gratification of a well-weeded flower bed or a pressure-washed sidewalk.
Family Directory: The Family Directory is a searchable electronic database that contains information on students, families, and school. A rideshare feature also helps match up willing carpool partners. Volunteers with IT or software experience are encouraged to join this team.
Counseling Office: Our great counseling staff need computer-savvy volunteers to help organize and disseminate information on community service, educational, and scholarship opportunities. Counseling Office volunteers also help organize presentations on post-graduate job training and college preparation for the whole Ingraham community.
Monitoring IB Examinations: Many parent volunteers are needed to help monitor (“invigilate” in IB-speak) the IB exams in the spring. Our wonderful IB coordinator Guy Thomas will train invigilators before the exams.
Spree: Volunteers are needed to help plan and chaperone Spree, the top-secret all-night entertainment extravaganza for the graduating Senior Class. Spree offers a safe and fun environment for seniors to celebrate their accomplishments and create lasting memories together. Spree planning runs throughout the year; junior and senior parents are especially encouraged to join this team