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Your school involvement matters! Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Adams. This page will provide you with all the information you need to get started. 

The Adams PTA aims to enrich and elevate every student’s experience and it’s your valuable contribution that makes this possible. There are many ways you can contribute, and every contribution (large or small) makes an impact. 


Who powers the PTA? You Do!

Not only are our volunteers greatly appreciated, they are an essential part of what makes Adams a great school! Everything the PTA does is powered by volunteers. From PTA president, to a two hour shift face painting at the school carnival, to the parent who brings in a salad for the teachers appreciation lunch. None of it would be possible without volunteers like you.

Thinking of volunteering but don't know where to start?

We believe there is a volunteer opportunity suited for every willing participant. Some of our opportunities require an ongoing commitment, while many others do not require a significant investment of time or require that you are present during the school day. We want to help you find the right There are a few ways you can get started. 


1) We always have the need for volunteers. The best way to learn about PTA volunteer opportunities is by attending our monthly working meetings.


2) Open volunteer roles here. Please email with interest or questions!

3) There are many events throughout the school year that require volunteer help. Some of these events are hosted by grade, you can contact your grade rep to learn more about what annual event your grade(s) will host. 

4) Why not be the first! Do you have an idea for a PTA event or offering? Do you have a skill or passion you'd like to apply to helping out our PTA? Share with us HERE your passion and ideas.

4) Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form if you'd like us to contact you.

You don't have to volunteer for every event.

Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to do it all. Pick one (or two!) things. No matter if you volunteer two hours out of the entire year or volunteer to take on a lead role for the year, we promise you, your time will be appreciated!


First Time Volunteers

Welcome! All Seattle Public Schools volunteers are required to watch a training video, read the volunteer handbook, fill out an application and agree to a background check. You can find more information here.


As part of your application, you will need to attach a government issued photo ID. If you select that you have lived in Washington state for more than three years, you will need to provide proof. Submitting you application without the documents will delay the review process. 

There are a few options for background checks:

  • If you have lived in Washington state for three or more consecutive years, you are eligible for a state background check

  • If you have lived in another state in the last three years, you will need a national background check ($21)

  • If you have lived in another country in the last three years, or do not have a Social Security Number, you will need to contact the Volunteer Department for information on an international background check

Please note, if you select the wrong type of background check, it will delay your volunteer application. 


Please allow up to two weeks for your completed application to be reviewed. 

Current and Returning Volunteers

Welcome back! Over the summer, SPS switched to a new platform for supporting volunteers. You should have received an email with instructions on how to set up an account on the platform. If you did not receive it, or can no longer find it, there is a step by step guide here. There have also been some updates to the Volunteer Handbook so please look it over to see what's new. As a reminder, a new background check is required every two years. 

Remote Volunteers

Please read this page for more information from SPS regarding remote volunteer opportunities. 

If you plan on working unsupervised with students (such as tutoring or monitoring a breakout room for a teacher) you must have a national background check on file, even if you are a longtime Washington state resident. 

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