Volunteer at HBS



We want to thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering in the Henry Barnard Laboratory School. The teachers, students and staff greatly appreciate the time you are willing to share through your volunteer work here. You will add greatly to the educational experience of our students.

Some of the Ways You Can Help …

  • Assist in the Library Media Center.
  • Chaperone field trips, dances, etc.
  • Assist in the lunchroom and/or on the playground.
  • Assist teachers in preparation of bulletin boards and/or instructional materials for classroom use.
  • Help with clerical needs in the office.
  • Help children by reviewing skills, concepts taught (vocabulary flash card drill, review mathematic facts, letter formation and handwriting skills).

Volunteer procedures

Volunteering in a school is an experience and a privilege for both the school and the volunteer. It is designed to promote and maintain a supportive relationship with the students, teachers, and school staff.
Please help keep our program running smoothly by following these guidelines:

Entering and Leaving
School Grounds...

  • Sign in at the office when you arrive at school.
  • Wear your volunteer button or name tag.
  • Sign out at the office when you leave.
  • Return your volunteer button or name tag.

As a volunteer, please ...

  • Respect confidences of student and school personnel.
  • Follow the guidelines established by the school such as dress code, hours of work, adult behavior, values and all regulations, rules, and policies stated for school employees and volunteers.
  • Use reasonable judgment in making decisions, then as soon as possible, consult with school Faculty and Administration for future guidance.
  • Be considerate, respect competencies and work as a member of the team with the staff and students. Realize that you are expected to enrich and extend learning opportunities for students and promote educational excellence at HBS.

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The effective volunteer...

  • is cooperative with the administration and
    teaching personnel.
  • is sincerely concerned about students.
  • is willing to be discreet, sincere,
    dedicated and punctual.
  • recognizes the individuality of each student.
  • respects the teacher or staff member's ultimate responsibility for the health, welfare and
    education of each student.
  • cooperates, coordinates and communicates continually with school administrators,
    Faculty and Administration.
  • provides the Faculty and Administration member with the satisfaction of knowing that the student's needs are being met and that quality education is being promoted, extended and enriched.
  • receives the sincere gratitude of the total
    HBS community.

Guidelines for working with children...

  • Encourage children to do their own thinking.
  • Give students plenty of time to answer.
  • Accept children as they are. You must not feel responsible for judging children's abilities,
    progress or behaviors.
  • Respect children's privacy. If a child or teacher reveals personal information, regard it as a confidence.
  • Help build students' self-confidence and keep a positive attitude.


When volunteering, please remember that the behaviors and abilities of students, Faculty and Administration are never appropriate topics for discussions outside of HBS. Respect confidences of students, Faculty and Administration. Be alert to the need for confidentiality.


The Faculty and Administration you work with will depend on you to be present at your scheduled time. Their tasks are planned with your help in mind. The students will expect you and look forward to you coming to their class. Therefore, if you will not be able to volunteer on a particular day, please notify the HBS office immediately and leave a message for either Faculty and/or Administration member. Also, please be prompt. Being punctual lets the students know they are important to you. If you must be late, notify the HBS office.