Kathleen Elementary School


KES Volunteer Program

Volunteer Applications

Becoming a volunteer is a simple process. You only need to complete the District Volunteer Application and submit your online payment of $25. This fee covers your background check. Click here to submit an application.

It can take up to three weeks to complete the application process.

Please note that a photo ID is required for every school visit in which you will be entering the campus or picking up a child. Kathleen Elementary serves over 500 students throughout the year and we thank you for helping us ensure the safety of every child.

AT THIS TIME, ONLY ESSENTIAL VOLUNTEERS will be allowed on campus this year.

Kathleen Elementary is proud of the School Advisory Council, PTO, and volunteer program. These programs offer an exciting and rewarding opportunity for parents and the community to be involved in children’s education. School volunteers enhance the quality of the school’s environment. There are many ways to be involved. Volunteers are needed to, chaperone field trips, serve as guest speakers, tutor students, or assist with clerical duties. Kathleen Elementary hosts many special events: Book Fairs, Read Aloud Day, Young Authors Conference, Walk-a-thon, fundraising, and the yearbook. These events require the helping hands of caring volunteers. Please contact the school  for approval status, training, and opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at our school, you must first fill out an online application and be approved by the district.

Click here to submit an application!

School Volunteer Background Check Fee Information

At the end of 2018, the price for Polk County Public Schools volunteer background checks increased from $25 to $40.

To coincide with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, we’re tightening security measures to protect our students, faculty and staff. The increased price for background checks will include: a national background check, Social Security number verification, address verification, multiple name/alias check and terror watch list check.

Volunteers are required to reapply and renew their background check every five years from the date of their application approval.

As a benefit of the new system, volunteers will be able to apply and make payments online, and the application process will be faster and more efficient.

For now, those wishing to become an approved volunteer should visit www.polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved, print an application, fill it out, and submit it to the school where you would like to volunteer.

KES Volunteers Appreciated

KES honors our awesome volunteers each year at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.  Our 2018-2019 Volunteer of the Year is Mrs. Millie Pagan (pictured below between our “Thankful Trees”). “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!” It is with the help of our volunteers that we are able to do so many of the great things that we do at KES! A big “Thank you” goes out to all our wonderful KES Volunteers for your dedication and service to our students!