Parent Volunteering

Be a Harkness Gold Star Parent!


Ongoing Opportunities

Getting involved in your child’s educational experience is important to their success in the classroom. Check out the variety of on-site and at-home opportunities we have for you to choose from:

  • Share hobby or career information
  • Assist Parent Teacher Organization
  • Classroom helper
  • Reading to children
  • Field trip chaperone
  • Campus beautification
  • Yard/cafeteria supervision
  • Library assistance
  • Mentor students
  • Community garden
  • School Site Council
  • At-home work for classroom
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Photograph event
  • Translate/interpret for parents
  • Tutor students
  • Assist in fundraising
  • Child care during on-site event
  • One-time family event
  • English Learner Advisory Committee

Tools to Get Involved

Getting involved only takes a few simple steps! Get acquainted with the SCUSD Volunteer Requirements and fill out the Volunteer Packet to get started.

In order to start volunteering, you need to have the following items on file with H.W. Harkness Elementary:

  1. A current and completed volunteer registration form, signed by the school administrator (or designated representative).
  2. A copy of a recent TB test or chest x-ray form/card indicating a negative result.
  3. A completed and cleared Volunteer Sex Offender Check Authorization Form (Level II) or a completed and cleared Volunteer Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Check (Level III) on file with district.
  4. Participation in a volunteer orientation conducted at your school.

Reasons to Engage

  • Studies show that students do better in the classroom when parents are engaged with their school.
  • Children of parents who are involved with their school have higher self-esteem, are more confident socially, and have less behavior issues.
  • Engaging with your child’s school is an opportunity to meet and create friendships with other parents.
  • It feels good to make a difference in the educational journey of your child and their peers.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn something new and develop your own interpersonal and professional skills.

Hear It from Parents

“Volunteering provides eye-witness proof of what is happening at your child’s school. It provides opportunities for teachers to bond with their communities from which their children come from.”

– Maria Herndon


“Al ser voluntario uno puede convivir y disfrutar los momentos de aprendizaje con los niños. Ayudar en actividades to hace sentir parte de ellos, de la escuela. Te sientes motivado haces mas cosas para tus hijos, porque al final todo es para ellos. Disfrutas, aprendes, formas recuerdos, y pasas tiempo de calidad.”

– Dulce Pacheco


School Supplies Needed

We know your schedule is busy. If you can’t volunteer your time, donate to earn your gold star!

  • #2 pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil boxes
  • Markers
  • Composition notebooks
  • Tissue paper
  • Reams of printer paper
  • Approved healthy snacks

Contact Information

Please contact Roxanne Wolfe for more information on volunteer orientation or how to get involved.

Roxanne Wolfe
Office: (916) 395-4585
Fax: (916) 433-5346