We believe that every parent, grandparent and community member plays an important part in the education of students in the Lakewood School District. To effectively and truly educate every student requires a team effort of teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.
Families make our schools strong. Every time students see a family member at the school, they get the message that education is important. Parent involvement at school is the number one indicator of academic success for students. Parents also act as mentors to students and can be a valuable extra set of hands, eyes, and ears for teachers. The more community involvement a school has, the safer the environment for all students.
Some families can donate time once a week. Some can come occasionally to chaperone field trips, dances, or help with special projects. Some are only able to come in the evening. We understand because we are working parents, too. The key to being involved is to come as often as possible, and come whenever you can.
There are countless ways parents and grandparents can volunteer in our schools. In-class teacher assistants, library helpers, committee members, assignment correctors are just a few. Lakewood Middle School's After School Academy is always looking for adults to help students with homework and class assignments.
Community businesses and organizations also play an important role in our schools. Through donations of materials, money, and volunteers, the school community is made richer for the many contributions it receives. Employees from Lowe's were recently in classrooms to teach students how to build birdhouses and talk about tool safety.
Whatever You like to do best, we can find a place for you to share that interest with our students. Please call the school office of where you are interested in serving.
How to Volunteer
- Download, print and complete the Volunteer Application Packet or ask for a packet from your school.
- Return the packet to your school's office. They will need to make a copy of your driver's license or passport to process the application.
- When requested, send proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an exemption request form to LWSD Human Resources (see details below).
- If you are feeling ill on the day you are scheduled to volunteer, please let your school know that you will be unable to volunteer.
COVID-19 vaccination/exemption requirement for volunteers
Washington state requires school volunteers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or a medical or religious exemption) to the school district.
- Proof of vaccination will be requested from LWSD Human Resources after the background check is complete. If you need a medical exemption or a religious exemption, you will have the option of requesting the relevant form at that time.
- Volunteers who receive a medical or religious exemption will need a negative COVID-19 test within five days of volunteering from your school nurse or a licensed healthcare facility:
- Contact your school nurse to schedule a test.
- You will receive your test results via text message and/or email.
- If you are receiving your test from a licensed healthcare facility, you will need to provide proof of a negative test to your school nurse.