At Castro, “Every Family Helps” in a way that fits their schedule and budget. Families can help in the classroom, be a room parent, take part in a parent-led committee (great for working parents), and support one of our many school events. Many families also donate by supporting their children in the Walkathon and by giving to the Castro PTA.

Parent volunteers are organized through the PTA by the Room Parents Program. This is a parent volunteer system that supports teachers and students at the grade level and in the individual classes.

  • Each Grade Level Lead Room Parent meets periodically with teachers at a grade level to determine needs and matches parent volunteers to roles for community building and field trips.
  • Room parents are responsible for arranging classroom volunteers, parent communication, teacher appreciation, organizing class parties and other activities – as requested and directed by their teacher and/or Grade Level Lead.
    Parents who are interested in being a room parent may indicate interest by signing up at class posting, notifying their teacher, or filling out a volunteer form.
  • All parents may volunteer to assist the room parents as well as assist teachers in or outside the classroom in other ways such as accompanying classes on field trips, preparing special projects, assisting students with classroom work, etc.

Make a difference in a child's life,
become a Reading Partners Tutor!

Reading Partners is dedicated to teaching at-risk elementary school children to read by recruiting and training community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to struggling students. We partner with high-need public schools and provide a results-oriented intervention for the lowest-performing readers. In addition, volunteers use a structured curriculum, giving students the extra attention and assistance necessary to improve their reading abilities.

Reading Partners fulfills a community need. Fewer than 20% of students reading below grade-level in 3rd grade go on to attend college. Literacy is the most fundamental skill children need to acquire in order to overcome challenges and open endless doors of opportunity. Reading Partners students who are tutored two times per week typically advance one grade level in reading in only 3 months. Participation in Reading Partners also improves students' self-esteem, communication skills, in-class participation, and general interest in reading.

Program Details

Volunteer Commitment: The volunteer time commitment is flexible. Tutoring sessions are 45 minutes in length and students must attend 2 sessions per week. Tutors can commit to the Reading Center for as many sessions per week as their availability allows.

Training: Before beginning as a tutor, volunteers are required to complete a New Tutor Orientation online as well as a 1 hour shadow session. During tutoring sessions, on-site program staff provide on-going support to tutors and students.

For more information: readingpartners.org

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