Additions and Volunteers

We are always looking for interested parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who can provide a few hours of community service to our students. There are many opportunities to peak your interest. You might want to join us in the media center helping our students chose their next favorite author. Perhaps your skills in a foreign language can help a student struggle to learn your native tongue. We are always looking for professionals to spend the day with us on Teach-In in November where you can spread the word about your career and what our students need to be doing now to be marketable in the future.

See our Volunteer Application Page to get started on a rewarding volunteer experience.

You may also email our ADDitions coordinator Mary Ellen Jackson at




Arbor Ridge School
2900 Logandale Drive
Orlando, Fl 32817

407-672-3110 Phone
407-672-1310 Fax
407-672-3110 ext 3032225 (Mary Ellen Jackson)

How do I begin?

  • Complete and submit and application via the following website: Additions Volunteer

  • Sign up for activities that interest you and be sure to choose Arbor Ridge.

  • Wait to be contacted by your coordinator. She will review your information and be in touch with assignments promptly.

Please Remember:

  • ALWAYS sign in and out in the office when you are coming to volunteer.

  • ALWAYS wear your name tag for identification purposes. The name tags will be printed and will be available for you on the shelf under the computer where you sign in. Please take this tag with you and wear it whenever you are volunteering at ARS.

  • Please call or email the teacher you will be assisting if you will be unable to volunteer at your specified time.

Health Regulations:

  • Please do not come to school if you are sick (this includes a cold, sore throat or cough) It is important to prevent the spreading of germs in the classroom. We will certainly miss you and though you may feel like you need to come in and that you are leaving a teacher short handed, it is not good for you, the children or the teacher if you are present. Please let the teacher know that you cannot come in and please return when you are completely over your illness.


  • Do not allow a child to use a paper cutter or adult scissors.

  • Know the emergency procedures and exits. Follow the established emergency plan.

  • Learn the proper use of all school equipment.

  • Never leave a child alone. Never touch a child. And never allow a child to leave school without checking out at the main office.

  • If you have doubts about a situation, ask someone with authority. You should never be left alone with students in the school. A staff member should be with you at all times in the presence of students.

  • If an accident occurs immediately notify a staff member.

  • Never move a child involved in an accident. A member of the school staff will initiate proper procedures for accidents.

Volunteers Shall Not:

  • Assume responsibility for the supervision of a class in the absence of a teacher.

  • Assume responsibility for the discipline of students.

  • Make decisions regarding the relevancy of activities or procedures.

  • Contact parents regarding student performance or write letters home.

Responsibilities of Volunteers:

  • Dependability

  • Confidentiality

  • Communication

  • Follow school procedures and policy

  • Patience

  • Flexibility

  • Consistency

  • Friendly

Dress Code:

  • NO clothing which advertises alcohol, contains obscenities, or suggestive logos.

  • NO garments which expose the midriff such as tube tops, tank tops, halter tops, or fish net tops.

  • Undergarments must be worn at all times.

Working with a Small Group:

  • Call each child by name (name tags are helpful at first)

  • Offer each child a chance to participate. Quiet children are sometimes ignored.

  • Allow children to develop independence by letting them do as much as possible without your help.

  • Feel at ease, everyone makes mistakes.


  • When special projects and volunteers opportunities arise, the school coordinator will send an email to all active volunteers via the web system. In other cases, flyers and letters are sent home with the child.

  • Thank you for taking the time to care! We greatly appreciate your time, commitment and dedication to the Arbor Ridge School family!

  • Please feel free to contact Mary Ellen Jackson, your volunteer coordinator if you have any questions. She can be reached via email at or via phone 407-672-3110 extension 3032225.