Volunteer Program

"We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give." --Winston Churchill

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About Us

The Murray Independent School System proudly proclaims "a tradition of excellence," extending back over a hundred years, when, in 1872, the first "Murray High School" was built in the center of town by a group of citizens concerned about the education of young people. The school district has been recognized repeatedly for academic excellence...

Our Schools

The Murray City School System is organized into an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. With only three schools, the Murray school system is a small one, a fact which contributes immeasurably to its "tradition of excellence." Small numbers...

Academics

Murray Independent School District has enjoyed academic excellence since 1872 when it was founded. Below are just some of the many statistics that separates our district from...

Athletics

Winning is an important aspect of sports. To achieve success, the Murray Independent School District athletic program provides excellent training, high standards of sportsmanship, a healthy respect for competition, and a strong foundation...

Employment Opportunities

Murray Independent School District is a community of leaders and learners. Our school district represents a great opportunity for educators to grow and develop professionally. Whether you're a recent graduate looking for a first ...

Alumni

Robert Frost said, 'Home is the place, when you have to go there,they have to take you in.' I like to think of our schools as the place, where, if you get to go there, you know they'll take you in. Fond memories, strong ties...

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Our Volunteer Program

staff photo As the Volunteer Coordinator, I look forward to working with each of you in this most gratifying experience with our students. For over 25 years our Volunteer Program has grown into one of the largest Volunteer programs in the state of Kentucky for a school our size.

Over, one-thousand people each year volunteer their time, energies, and talents to help the children of the Murray Independent School District learn.  These volunteers serve in the time-honored ways—organizing fundraising, chaperoning, and speaking to students about their jobs and interests.  These people offer their time as a Board of Education member, school councils, booster clubs, and PTO’s: they help in lunchrooms, libraries, at home, after school, while also sponsoring clubs and coach sports.

parents readingVirtually every teacher in the elementary school now has classroom volunteers and there are volunteers helping at the middle and high school.  Volunteers do so much more than assist in the classroom.  They help in the lunchrooms and libraries, teaching after school classes, grounds work, board office, booster clubs, technology groups, economic donations, skills advisement and sharing, plus many other ways.  In the classroom, volunteers are considered important and valued members of our teaching teams, helping provide each child with a fair measure of time and attention.

Volunteers lead discussions, help provide supervision, collate, brainstorm, read aloud, tie shoes, sound out words, talk about hobbies or jobs, listen to students read, sing and dance with children, set up science experiments, and smile.  They also provide one-on-one help, help students choose books, play instructional games, provoke imaginations, help children decipher instructions, design and create bulletin board displays, answer questions, open glue bottles, help students edit and revise writings.

volunteersThe MISD also hosts WATCH D.O.G.S. a father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering.  Implemented last year at MES with over 90 dads and/or male mentors, the program advanced to MMS this year to assist the fourth and fifth grade students. This program has grown across the country to over 2400 schools in 42 states with 200,00 men volunteering and over 1.4 million volunteer hours.

This year over 400 volunteers have attended confidentiality trainings and are now providing their time and efforts to the MISD.  To ensure that our volunteer trainings are continually offered, a volunteer confidentiality training video we be provided.  After watching the video, a true or false quiz will be available on line. 

Additionally, the new volunteer forms are also now offered online and are required to be completed to begin volunteering.  In addition to these items, each volunteer is also required to have a current (within last five years) state background check on file.  A suggested $10 donation will offset this cost.  However, each school, club/organization, and sport can accommodate this $10 fee.

Check list:

  • Watch Training Video
  • Complete True/False Quiz
  • Complete Volunteer Forms
  • Contact Sherry Purdom, or call (270) 761-6508 to set up a time to submit all items.  Once received and a state background check is received the volunteer will be approved and ready to assist in our MISD.

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