It can be intimidating to volunteer when you're not sure "how things work." At Murdock, we want to help you find volunteer experiences that fit your schedule and your skill set or interests.Here's how to get started!VOLUNTEERING IN THE CLASSROOM OR WORKING DIRECTLY WITH STUDENTSPlease contact your child's teacher to find out how you might help. Fill out a volunteer application form, return it to the school office, and request a laminated volunteer badge. Watch for requests for help throughout the year from your teacher's room parent, your child's teacher, and from PTA program and event chairs.CHAPERONING A FIELD TRIPPlease contact your child's teacher to find out which field trips need parent chaperones. Fill out a volunteer application and return it to the school office with a copy of your drivers license and ask whether or not you will need to be fingerprinted.HELPING AT A SCHOOL OR PTA EVENTPlease contact the PTA chairperson for the event, and let them know you'd like to help. They'll typically have a sign-up sheet or an online sign-up form for you to fill out. Don't know anyone? No worries! Not only do "many hands make for light work," but you'll get to meet other parents with similar interests in the process!SERVING AS A ROOM PARENTAt the start of each school year, a room parent interest form will be sent home describing the role of the room parent. Serving as a room parent or room contact parent is a great way to get to know other parents and your child's classmates. For a list of current room parents, click here.If you are interested in serving as room parent, please contact the teacher, the principal or the PTA Room Parent Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Room parents work with teachers to coordinate volunteers for classroom activities. Room parents also work with the teacher to coordinate the items needed for the grade-level end of year party. Room parents help communicate PTA and school information to the parents in their classroom to help all parents feel connected. Room parents work with the students to help them show, in a heart-felt way, their appreciation for their teacher during Staff/Teacher Appreciation in May. Room parents should have a desire to work with a diverse group of people and recognize and respect confidentiality issues.SERVING AS A PTA OFFICEROfficers are elected each spring and can serve a maximum of two consecutive years in any one office. A nominating committee is formed in January to identify potential candidates and present a slate of officers at the April PTA General Association Meeting. Talk to a current officer to learn more about the duties of that office or help with one of the activities that officer oversees. To learn more about the PTA officers and the PTA chair positions, please click here.Thank you for volunteering at Murdock!Students benefit greatly from your time and talent -- inside and outside the classroom -- during and before/after school hours!