School districts, like the one in Mesa, is always in need of volunteers, financial donations and other efforts.
Here are five ways to engage at any school.
1. Volunteer your time
Whether you’re available a few days a week or just an hour, spending time in a classroom provides long-term benefits for students and volunteers. Not sure working one-on-one with students is your strength? Contact your local school to learn about hands-on needs, such as shelving library books, assisting with the school garden and campus cleanup.
2. Join the team
Bus driver and cafeteria positions are perfect for retirees, college students and others with flexible schedules. Besides pay and benefits, you will make a life-changing connection with the students you see every day. The transportation and food and nutrition departments are always looking for dedicated team members. Apply online at mpsaz.org/careers.
3. Adopt a school
Community organizations adopt schools to meet any needs they may have, including supply drives or holiday support. Visit your neighborhood school and talk to the principal about opportunities to get involved. For help locating a school in need, contact the district communications and engagement department, 480-472-0223.
4. Contribute ECA funds
Arizona taxpayers may earn a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on eligible extracurricular activity donations. Individuals may contribute up to $200, and a couple filing jointly can contribute $400. Eligible donations can go toward extracurricular activities, character education, testing fees for college credit or readiness (PSAT, AP and IB), career and technical education industry certification assessment, and other eligible activities. Learn more at mpsaz.org/eca.
5. Attend school events
Show your support from the audience at games, musical or theatre performances and more. Residents 62 or older who live within district boundaries may pick up a Gold Card, which provides free or discounted admission to many school events. To sign up for a Gold Card, visit the Administrative Services Center, 63 E. Main Street, or Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Drive, or sign up online at mpsaz.org/communications.