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Medford School District, in partnership with Junior Achievement, hopes to establish volunteer coordinators at each school this year to make the most of volunteer support. The district is in the market for volunteers willing to provide academic support, offer after-school enrichment activities, chaperone school events, tutor and mentor secondary students, serve on senior project panels and mock interviews, and assist students as they look for colleges and navigate the admissions process. The district also would like to see local businesses partner with schools and provide student internships. The district’s volunteer application and handbook are available at www.medford.k12.or.us/Page/461.

Phoenix-Talent School District is looking for volunteers to serve as tutors, mentors, lunch or playtime buddies, classroom support, field-trip support and clerical support, to name a few. The district also is looking for community members willing to serve on the Phoenix-Talent Schools Foundation Committee, which provides scholarships for students pursuing higher education. Anyone interested in volunteering must fill out a volunteer packet, available at every school and the district office.

Eagle Point School District is looking for volunteer Aspire mentors, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program tutors, United Way Big Idea student mentors for high school freshmen, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) readers, middle school assistant coaches, classroom assistants, after-school tutors, special-events helpers and more. Volunteer applications are available at the district office over the summer and at the schools starting Sept. 6.

Central Point School District has a variety of volunteer positions to fill, including classroom assistants, field-trip supervisors and coaches. Anyone interested should contact the building principal and complete a volunteer application. All applicants must pass a criminal background check before volunteering in the schools.

Ashland School District is in need of parents and community members willing to present at career day in the fall and serve as project panelists in the spring at Ashland High School. The district also is looking for volunteers to help out in the classrooms, library, art room and garden at Walker Elementary School. For more information about volunteer opportunities and how to become a volunteer, check with the front office of any school for a list of its current needs and see www.ashland.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID="1536" for background check and volunteer forms.