Volunteering

There are SO many ways to be involved in the PTO at Eleanor Roosevelt. Here is a list of some of the events you can help support.
It's important to know that ALL volunteers MUST have their clearances submitted and approved by Principal Follman. You can find out more below.
Thank you for helping make ER such a great place for our kids and thank you for your time.

  • Spirit Wear Sale

  • Kids Stuff Book Sale

  • Ice Cream Social

  • Scholastic Book Fair

  • Halloween Parade & Class Parties

  • Trunk or Treat

  • Food Drive

  • Kid Writing - Kindergarten

  • Bingo Night

  • Valentine Community Service Activity & Party

  • Shopping & A Show Night

  • Barnes & Noble Night

  • Flower Sale

  • Family Fun Night

  • Secret Shop

  • Reading Olympics

  • STEAM Fair

  • D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Program)

  • Field Day

  • Pretzel Fridays

  • Decorating the school for the seasons

Volunteer Clearance Information

The well-being and safety of all students are a top priority in Pennsbury School District. To comply with new PA laws that took effect on July 1, 2015, schools are now required to obtain background checks/clearances for individuals volunteering, participating in classroom parties or attending field trips. Background/safety clearances may take four weeks or longer to obtain. Be aware if you do not have your completed paperwork on file with the school office, you will not be permitted to participate in the activity. This will be strictly enforced to comply with district policy and ensure the safety of the children. Please plan accordingly and obtain your paperwork early. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and compliance with this policy.

Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary and the ER PTO value all of our volunteers and have seen the tremendous impact your time and talents have on our school community. We encourage everyone to obtain their clearances so that you can continue to participate in activities with your child and make a difference!

The well-being and safety of all students are a top priority in Pennsbury School District. Please be aware that parents/guardians who volunteer in the school, and parents/guardians who volunteer to be a field trip chaperone must obtain prior background checks/clearances in advance. This will be strictly enforced to comply with District Policy and ensure the safety of the children. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and compliance with this policy.

How to Obtain Background Clearances:

  1. Act 34 Criminal Background Check: You may obtain this online at https://epatch.state.pa.us. The fee for volunteers who work with children is waived effective July, 25, 2015.

  2. Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance: You may obtain this online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS. The fee for volunteers who work with children is waived effective July, 25, 2015.

  3. Prospective volunteers WHO HAVE NOT resided in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 10 consecutive years, must also obtain the FBI Clearance/Fingerprinting. Applications forms and instructions are available at http://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm. The cost of the fingerprint service is $27.00. You must register prior to going to the fingerprinting location.

*A prospective volunteer is required to obtain only the Pennsylvania State criminal background and child abuse clearances, and is not required to secure the above FBI/fingerprint clearance if, and only if, the following three conditions are met:

  • The prospective volunteer is applying for an unpaid position;

  • The prospective volunteer has been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania continuously for the prior ten (10) year period; and The prospective volunteer swears or affirms in writing that the prospective volunteer has never been convicted of a disqualifying crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or another state, district or foreign nation, or under a former law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Please be aware that background/safety clearances may take four weeks or longer to obtain. If you are interested in being a chaperone, please plan accordingly and obtain your paperwork early. NOTE: Clearances will need to be renewed every 60 months.

Please call the school office to confirm the procedure for submitting volunteer clearances to the Building Principal.

Board Policy #908.2 on volunteering in the Pennsbury schools may be viewed here.