Our Volunteer Program
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.
Virtually 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.
The 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.
- 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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