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When volunteers commit to serving at a school, students achieve higher grades, have access to more opportunities, and gain community connections to help them thrive.

Volunteer in our kindergarten classroom and enrich our learning environment with activities and projects possible only with extra adult hands!

Dearborn Park International Elementary School (DPIES) is a very diverse community. We respect and celebrate the wealth and vitality of the ethnic and cultural traditions that abound in Seattle's Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley neighborhood.

Our goal: Increase student achievement by 10% or more as measured by the WA Kids assessment.

Role description:

- Support kinder teacher in classroom instruction, behavior management, and planning.
- Work with students one-on-one
- Facilitate small group activities
- Prepare & organize materials

In this role, you will work in the same classroom for three months - this will allow you to build rapport that helps students get the most out of your support. You will work directly with the classroom teacher and the school's assistant principal - orientation and regular check-ins will be provided.

Interested? Complete a quick volunteer quiz at to get started.

- Choose one or more shifts per week Monday through Friday
- Volunteer for two hours per shift
- Flexible shift times - between 8 am and 2:30 pm (Wednesday shifts end at 1:30 pm)

What causes achievement gaps?
Achievement gaps have many compounding causes. One consistent trend is that schools who serve high percentages of students living in poverty (so-called "Title I" schools), tend to have larger achievement gaps.

74% of Dearborn Park students rely on free or reduced-price lunches, indicating that most families and students in our school community experience consistent financial hardship. Our scholars experience housing instability, food insecurity, high levels of stress. Combined, these challenges make it much harder for our students to reach the outcomes students in financially stable families achieve.

Celebrating Diversity
DPIES is a very diverse community!

  • More than 35% of students identify as Black, 39% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and 8% as Hispanic.
  • 39% of students are English Language Learners.

Help kindergarteners at Dearborn Park International Elementary reach their academic goals & become enthusiastic learners!
Complete a quick volunteer quiz at to get started.

Learn more about our school at

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