Volunteer with Us

While COVID-19 Measures are in Place

In-person visitors and volunteers will not be allowed in CBE schools at this time. This includes guest speakers, sports-team coaches and artists in residence. Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the school through email or by phone. Currently, parent volunteers are not permitted in the school building. However, we are optimistic that we will find ways to work with parent volunteers later in the school year.​

Please visit our COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information. Our plan is subject to change throughout the school year as more information becomes available.

We welcome volunteers in the classroom, on field trips and with certain tasks at school or at home. Certain activities or field trips would not be possible without the active participation of our volunteers. Contact us about ways you can volunteer with our school.

Visit the CBE website for more information on volunteering, including the required registration and Police Information Check. (Please note, guest speakers or visitors to the school, and parents/guardians assisting their own child only are not considered to be volunteers and do not require a police information check.) 

Volunteering for an Off-Site Activity

If you want to volunteer for an off-site activity, please keep in mind: 

  • Volunteers on an activity are considered representatives of the Calgary Board of Education and are subject to the same expectations as staff
  • Volunteers are subject to the requirements of CBE Administrative Regulation 5003 – Volunteers, which includes an application and a police security screening check
  • Volunteers are covered by the CBE’s liability insurance policy while performing their assigned duties
  • Volunteers are covered by WCB while performing their duties
  • Volunteers receive direction from and are accountable to the teacher-in-charge​​​


Volunteers are a valued and integral part of our school program and enable teachers to enhance the teaching and learning process.

Volunteer Ethics

The following code of ethics shall apply to all volunteers at Deer Run School. The volunteer:

  • Must be discreet. Volunteers should refrain from discussing children, parents or school staff.
  • Respects the professional role and judgment of the teacher.
  • Refers any discipline problems to the teacher in charge.
  • Must complete an annual registration form and have a current CBE security clearance

Volunteer Opportunities

Between Generations

The Between Generations mentorship program pairs students with a volunteer for weekly visits, games, cooking and over-all relationship building. The match continues for the entirety of the student’s years at Deer Run and has proven very successful in helping children navigate what can be a confusing world.

Reading Grandparents

Our good friend, Marnie, co-ordinates 10 senior citizens who volunteer their time every week to read with all of our students in grades 1, 2 and 3. If you can ever arrange a visit on a Thursday morning to see our reading reading with these kind adults, it’s well worth the visit! The reading practice is invaluable, but the positive relationships that are built along the way also have a huge impact on students’ school lives.

Calgary Reads

Our partnership with the Calgary Reads Association provides 7 trained volunteers to read either with identified grade 2 students twice weekly, or with early readers on a weekly basis. Calgary Reads has a proven track record for improving student reading skills and over the past number of years working with us, has had a tremendous positive impact on student reading.

Breakfast Program

Through the generous fund-raising efforts of one individual, money is donated to the school to provide a nutritious breakfast for any student feeling the need for a bit extra on any given morning. Parents volunteer to supervise our grade 5 and 6 student volunteers - who pretty much run the show!

Brown Bag Lunch Program

A nutritious lunch is always available for students who may have forgotten their lunch or just might need a little extra. Sandwiches, fruit, vegies and a drink are put together by either the parent volunteer at the Breakfast Program, or by a staff member.

Deer Run Depot

Mrs. Mericle has worked tirelessly to put together a little “warehouse” of items including snacks, clothing, mitts, school supplies etc. We thank her and all of the generous donators she has been able to solicit and we are grateful that no student has to do without.

Milk Program

The Brakeman Foundation contacted us last year to make arrangements for milk delivery for students in our lunch program. Their donation includes a fridge and regular deliveries every Thursday. At lunchtime, students are welcome to enjoy a carton of fresh, cold, nutritious milk.

Cobs Bread

Volunteers from Deer Park United Church see to it that every Thursday we receive donations of Cobs bread and grade 6 students volunteer to bag the bread and help distribute it by grade. If your child brings home bread, keep in mind that Cobs does not use preservatives in their products, so the bread needs to be stored in the refrigerator.

Library Program

Thanks to Mrs. Grady, our Library Assistant, we have a strong core of volunteers who work diligently to assist with shelving books, decorating bulletin boards, assisting students on finding just the right book and keeping our library a welcoming and calming workspace.


Staff members volunteer at the school on Saturdays to set up and run our family breakfast and co-operative games morning. The 2 events we had in October saw over 150 people building relationships with their neighbours by socializing, playing and laughing together

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