Renaissance Volunteers

Many opportunities are available within the Renaissance Academy Volunteer Program! Your efforts are greatly appreciated by our students and staff!!

Interested in Volunteering?

Please print this Interest Form for School Volunteers (pdf) and return.

Questions About Volunteering or Background Clearances:


Background Clearance Checks

The below Clearances are mandatory per Pennsylvania law and can be filed online. It has been recommended by the state you file Online for clearances. If you have not been a resident of PA for ten years you will need to file for the PA fingerprinting clearance.

Please submit hard copies of your clearances for our Volunteer Records. Your clearance will be valid for three years from the date processed.

Act 31: PA State Background Check (free to volunteer)

Act 151: Child Abuse Certification (Clearance) (free to volunteer)


Act 114 - FBI Criminal Clearance Report*
(Volunteer Service Code:  1KG6ZJ )

*A Limited Contact volunteer shall submit the FBI Criminal Clearance Report (fingerprinting) or, if the volunteer has been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entirety of the previous 10 years, they must complete the Residency Disclosure Statement which is an exemption from Act 114.

Residency Disclosure Statement (pdf)

How do you distinguish between a visitor and a volunteer?

Visitor:  A visitor is an individual who is attending and/or observing an event or activity without providing a service to the students. Visitors do not need to obtain the above clearances but will still be required to present a valid driver’s license or government-issued photo identification to the main office. This ID is scanned into the Raptor/V-Soft System and is cross-referenced with the database maintained by Raptor Technologies of sexual offenders throughout the United States.

Examples:  Back-to-School Nights, Parent/Teacher conferences, school assemblies, American Education Week, school festivals, evening events, holiday concerts, etc.

Volunteer:  A Volunteer is a person who has direct contact with or supervises students while at the Renaissance Academy or during a school sponsored activity on or off site.

Examples:  Field Trip Chaperones, WATCH D.O.G.S, Club Advisers, Volunteer Coaches, Student Teachers, and Activity Chaperones, 


Interested in joining a Committee?

Safety CommitteeHave an interest with Safety at Renaissance Academy? Please help us organize and set objectives for this newly formed committee.

Hospitality/Social Committee - Come greet perspective parents and students and share your RA experience! Help with set up of snack foods and drinks. Open Houses are 9-11am and 6-8pm.

Fine Arts Committee - Forming groups of volunteers who can assist with bulletin boards and some take home projects for volunteers who wish to do work from home.

PBIS Parent Committee - Working together with RA staff to plan PBIS rewards for the students.

Ongoing Needs

Teachers HelpersLower School and Upper School Teachers need help with copying, laminating, and general help. Training on equipment will be provided and assistance will be given if needed. This is perfect for those who want to help only occasionally giving a half an hour to an hour.

Event Planners/Volunteers - Help plan and organize events such as Nutcracker, Royal Ball, Designer Bag Bingo, Post Prom, etc.

Library Helpers - Library volunteers are needed for various library tasks. Days available are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, anytime between 8:30am to 3:30pm.

FSO - Family School Organization - All parents and parent volunteers are members of this organization. Please consider joining in on many of the activities they plan for our children at RA. Your involvement will make RA a better place for the children and staff. (Go to FSO Page)

If you would like to help with any of the above volunteering needs or if you would like to find out about other school volunteering opportunities please contact:

*** Volunteer Policy ***
(revised)


PA House of Representatives Honor Parent and Family Involvement

The PA House passed HR 474 which honors parent and family involvement. View HR 474 Online.

From the Volunteer Office:

Research says that the single most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is NOT income or social status, but the extent to which the student’s family is involved.

Please consider volunteering!  Many Opportunities are available!

Kristy Grace, Volunteer Coordinator
kristy.grace@rak12.org
610-983-4080, ext. 501


Family Friendly Website Addresses:

• Familyfriendlyschools.com
• Fathers.org
• Parenting.org
• Firstday.org
• PTOToday.com
• Greatschools.net
• Familyeducation.com

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