How to Become a School Volunteer

Graham Hill loves volunteers! There are lots of opportunities to help out in classrooms, at events, and as part of projects. Even if you have limited time, there’s something for you.

In order to volunteer, you’ll have to complete the Seattle Public Schools volunteer checklist. It takes a little time, but once done, it’s good for the year. Here are the guidelines (copied from their website):

Checklist for Becoming a School Volunteer


Complete the Volunteer Application Packet (4 Pages) once a year. Applications are available below or you can ask the school or dept. for a copy of the Application Packet.


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  • If you already viewed the video in the past you do not need to view it again. Please make a note on page 4 in the Volunteer Application Packet (additional notes section) that you have already completed the video and your coordinator will confirm that your name is on the completed list.
  • If you have NOT viewed the video in the past then please click on the link above –> watch the video –> when prompted by the video enter your full name and select your school –> then print/screenshot the certificate or note the date on page 4 so your coordinator knows you completed this step and can confirm your name is on the list.


Turn in your application to the school or dept. volunteer coordinator/contact.


The Volunteer Coordinator/Contact will ask to view your ID and run a background check.

  • A background check is mandatory once each school year. We appreciate your patience with this process.
  • Depending on the type of volunteer position you are applying for, or the length of your residency in Washington State, you might need pay a vendor fee for you background check. You coordinator will be able to assist you with additional information about this policy.

Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the background check, a criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools.

You can find the full guidelines for volunteering in Seattle Public Schools here. That includes a list of volunteer opportunities, plus links to the Volunteer Handbook in a variety of languages.

Please reach out if you need help with any step of this process.

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