Volunteer

Volunteers serve a vital role in helping our students succeed! 

At Gordon Parks Elementary School, our volunteers help in a variety of ways and everyone's talent is welcome! 

Ways to Volunteer:

  • Be a classroom volunteer.  There are a variety of ways for volunteers to engage in the classroom and the role of the volunteer varies depending on the classroom needs. 
  • Be a mentor.  A mentor is assigned to a student at Gordon Parks and will meet with the assigned student once as a role model during the lunch hour.  This is a powerful relationship as it is the goal of the mentor program to establish a long-standing, stable, positive influence for the student.
  • Do you have a special talent to volunteer?  These special talents might include graphics design, landscaping, photography or website design to name only a few.  Everyone has a talent and is valued at Gordon Parks Elementary School.
  • Do you have a small group and want to come spend time with the students?  We have designated days and opportunities for a small group of volunteers (usually less than 20) to work with the students in the classroom. This could include a special project that is planned in the classroom or a one-on-one reading opportunity for all the students to be pared with a reading buddy for the morning or afternoon.  These are scheduled and managed on a case-by-case basis depending on the classroom schedules and requests of the volunteer group.
  • Be part of a group volunteer.  There are opportunities to volunteer as part of a large company or organizational group.  These are scheduled and managed on a case-by-case basis depending on the roles and requests of the group and the school.

You may also have other ideas or a new project you'd like to bring to Gordon Parks Elementary School.  All ideas are welcome!

All volunteers are asked to complete a Volunteer Application and a Waiver Form.  Email Sarah Dee, Director of Community Engagement, to get an application and a waiver form.

Sarah Dee
sdee@gpes.org
816-753-6700 ext. 1021

All weather-related school closings coincide with the Kansas City, Missouri, School District. In case of a school closing due to inclement weather, volunteers are not asked to volunteer at Gordon Parks Elementary School.