Become a Volunteer

  • Who is a volunteer?
    Under Pennsylvania law and District policy, a school volunteer is any adult individual serving in an unpaid position who is responsible for the welfare of one (1) or more children or has direct contact with children through a District program, activity, or service. Some examples of volunteers include, but are not limited to, unpaid classroom assistants, field trip chaperones, and volunteer coaches/club advisors, whether or not the individual is affiliated with an outside program. Some examples of situations where individuals are not considered to be volunteers include, but are not limited to, attendees of school concerts, sporting events, family nights, or parent/teacher conferences and guest readers or other in-class presenters who remain in the presence of/under the direction of a teacher or  administrator at all times.   

    Why does it matter?
    Volunteers are required to complete the Reading School District Volunteer Application and submit it to the District along with the checks and clearances set forth below prior to engaging in any volunteer activities with the District. 

    Who can help?
    If you have you any questions about volunteering in the District or you need assistance with the Reading School District Volunteer Application and/or obtaining your checks and clearances, please call the Reading School District Office of Human Resources at 484-258-7010 or stop by the Administration Builidng at 800 Washington Street.  

    How can I become a Reading School District volunteer? 

Knight's Closet

  • The district has established a Knight's Closet at each of our school buildings to help students in need, particularly those who are homeless or at-risk. Our goal in creating the Knight Closet is to meet students basic needs with items such as food, clothing, hygiene products and school supplies. We are hopeful by fulfilling these needs students will be able to focus on their education. If you would like to donate to Knight's Closet, please contact social worker/RHS homeless liaison Leanne Eckenrode at 610-371-5705 Ext. 81401. Monetary donations are accepted and can be made payable to RHS Knight Closet.

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Other Ways to Help

  • RHS Career Program

    Your local business or organization can provide internships, paid employment or job shadowing opportunities for Reading High School students. To become a Career Program Partner, contact Ivy Horn, Career Program Coordinator, at

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  • College Scholarships

    You can start a scholarship fund, in any amount, for graduating RHS seniors. You determine the scholarship criteria and can also select the recipient annually. For more information, contact Reading High School.

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  • Operation Replay

    The Reading Musical Foundation's Operation Replay, sponsored by Zeswitz Music Company, provides used instruments to financially disadvantaged students who would like to participate in a community or school music program. Instrument donations are tax deductible and a wonderful way to provide a deserving child with an opportunity to make great music. All string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments are welcome. Keyboards are also welcome, but we are unable to accept pianos or organs. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Keri Shultz, Reading Musical Foundation President, at (610) 376-3395 or

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  • WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

    Positive male role models are encouraged to volunteer at our elementary and middle schools. Contact the main office at the school where you're interested in volunteering.

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  • Foster Grandparents

    Perfect for retired seniors, this program is offered through Alvenia University. Foster Grandparents work largely with our elementary schools. Contact 610-790-2884 for details.

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  • Ready. Set. Read! Tutors

    The United Way of Berks County provides Ready. Set. Read! tutors to RSD and other area school districts. The tutors visit our elementary schools to help students practice reading skills. To volunteer, visit for more information.

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  • For questions about donating: 
    Superintendent's Office

    For questions about volunteering:
    Andrea Ambrus-Gracely
    Human Resource Generalist

School Supplies

  • We always appreciate the kindness and generosity of our community. If you, your organization or your business would like to donate school supplies, please note our most requested supplies are listed below. In addition, you can work directly with our RSD schools to "adopt" a specific building, classroom or grade level.

    • Tissues
    • Hand sanitizer
    • No. 2 pencils
    • Crayola crayons and markers
    • Bookbags
    • Two-pocket folders
    • Copy paper
    • School uniforms, including solid-color polo shirts and khaki pants