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Family and community involvement is the key to student success

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Kennewick School District. We welcome family and community volunteers who want to support student success. The following are some ways to get involved: 


Get started volunteering

The first step is to fill out a volunteer application with the district. Kennewick School District conducts criminal background checks on all applicants through the Washington State Patrol. There are no fees to applicants. A volunteer application must be filled out each school year.

Volunteer Application

Volunteers are expected to follow all current district policies/procedures and any current state health and safety protocols for schools while volunteering.

If you have questions about the volunteer application or background check process, contact:

Gail Barness
Human Resources Assistant 
(509) 222-7423


Volunteer Opportunities

Team Read

Kennewick School District partners with the Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia to provide the Team Read program. Through Team Read, elementary students receive one-on-one reading tutoring by volunteers during school hours. 

2022-23 Participating Schools

  • Cascade Elementary
  • Eastgate Elementary
  • Edison Elementary
  • Fuerza Elementary
  • Sage Crest Elementary
  • Southgate Elementary
  • Sunset View Elementary
  • Vista Elementary
  • Washington Elementary

Community volunteers receive a brief training in the fall and are assigned to a school where they will volunteer twice per week for 30 minutes. Team Read is always in need of substitutes if a volunteer cannot make a regular weekly commitment. During October through mid-May, volunteers are paired with first-, second- or third-graders who are specifically selected by their teachers. Students with behavior problems are not eligible for the program. Volunteers must be an approved district volunteer and are supervised by an on-site coordinator.

A typical 30-minute tutoring session includes:

  • The child and tutor reading to each other from provided books.
  • Practicing 100 assigned vocabulary words for a few minutes each session.
  • Providing the child special incentives, such as books and stickers.

If you are interested in volunteering for Team Read, please fill out the Kennewick School District volunteer application and indicate Team Read or contact the Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia at (509) 222-7323.

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United Way Middle School Lunchtime Mentoring

Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a local middle schooler during your lunch break? If so, we invite you to serve as a volunteer mentor in United Way's 2022-2023 middle school lunchtime mentoring program!

2022-23 Participating Schools

  • Chinook Middle School
  • Park Middle School

Mentors will meet with their mentees once a week, on the school grounds, for 45 minutes during the mentee's lunch period from October 2022 - May 2023. United Way will provide all necessary training, and no prior experience is necessary. 

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District Committees

Kennewick School District values the involvement and support from our community. There are a variety of ways for community members to get involved, including participating on community committees to provide input in a variety of areas that support Kennewick students and their education. 

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ATP (Action Team For Partnerships)

Action Team for Partnerships (ATP) is a committee of educators, parents and community members who meet monthly to develop plans for school, family and community partnerships. If you are interested in becoming a member of your school’s ATP, contact your school principal directly. You may also contact the chairperson directly or call (509) 222-5031 for more information. 

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Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs)

Contact your child's school to find out if there is an active PTO and how to get involved.

Benton-Franklin Counties SEPTA (Special Education Parent Teacher Association)

Benton-Franklin Counties SEPTA is a valuable link between home and school, providing both with important information benefiting our children. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in children with special education needs and in how special needs can benefit the entire learning community. Meetings include informative and professional speakers who speak on various issues that can aid parents in helping their children achieve their personal best. For more information, contact Scott McDonald at (509) 308-6254 or Tamra Harrison at (509) 546-1246.

Join the SEPTA Facebook group.

Booster Groups

Many of our high schools have active booster groups for athletics and music. Check with individual high schools for options available. 




All community members are important collaboratorsKSD strategic goal