Interested in volunteering in a school?

We have many opportunities for community volunteers in our Horizons, See it. Be it, and Adopt-A-School programs.  


Sign up HERE to speak about your career at an upcoming middle school Horizons class.


Sign up HERE to speak about your career to a primary school class for our See it. Be it. program.


Contact Sarah Oakford HERE to volunteer as a mentor for our Adopt-a-School's Making the Grade program.

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The Adopt-A-School Program

What is Adopt-A-School?
The Adopt-A-School program is an effective partnership between education and the business and private sectors of Peoria. The purpose of the program is to utilize the vast amounts of human resources and talents of our community to strengthen, enhance, and enrich the quality of education in the Peoria Public Schools.

Businesses and organizations may choose to participate in the program as an ADOPTER by partnering with a school, by sponsoring the overall program financially, by in-kind donations or by mentoring/tutoring.

When you participate in the Adopt-a-School program “YOU” teach, “YOU” mentor, “YOU” coach and “YOU” inspire every student. Yes, this is a community based program and you participate as a unit but your contribution to the program comes from within. The quality of your time greatly surpasses the quantity.

What do Adopters Do?
Adopt-A-School partners set realistic goals that are agreeable to all involved. The overall objectives of the partnership are flexible in order to utilize the resources of the adopter to meet the needs of the school, and each partnership is uniquely designed to bring about positive outcomes for all those involved.

Adopters initiate activities that encourage students and enrich their educational experiences. While developing strong person-to-person relationships, Adopt-A-School partners engage in a variety of projects.

Why Have An Adopt-A-School Program?
A strong public school system is basic to the health and growth of a community. Quality schools attract people to live in the area. The Adopt-A-School program strengthens and improves our schools, creates a climate of involvement and interaction between businesses/organizations and schools and involves the community in preparing for its own economic future. We are working to make a positive impact in our community.

Adopt-A-School is the commitment of time, energy, and expertise of a business or organization to an individual school. The overall objectives of each partnership are flexible and the relationships grow and flourish through a climate of active involvement and interaction between the school and the adopter.

How Can I Help Today?

There are three areas we are focusing on this year that we need community support.

1) Little Free Pantries: 

We are continuing to keep our Little Free Pantries open and stocked each day.  If you would like to help in this effort, we would welcome any donations specifically indicated for the Little Free Pantries.  To donate please CLICK HERE

Click here to see a current list of locations.

Special thanks to the Kiwanis Club of South-West Peoria, both Rotary Clubs of Peoria, the Junior League of Peoria, Northmoor Primary School and Hy-Vee for the generous donations and grant funds to help keep our Little Free Pantries well stocked!  Another big thank you to all the individual donors who have helped with this effort.  Your generosity is appreciated!







2) Little Free Libraries

Have gently used or new books that you are willing to donate so that PPS students have fully stocked Little Free Libraries?  Let us know!  Click here to see where our Little Free Libraries are located.


3) Making the Grade Conferencing

What is Making the Grade?  It's is a way for the members of the community to reach out to our young people and to inspire them to pursue academic excellence. 

How does Making the Grade Conferencing work?  During the conference time, community volunteers visit the school to meet with students for one-on-one sessions to review their most recent progress report. A conference time is a 10-15 minute session where each student and volunteer discuss the student's recent progress report and cover topics such as homework, absenteeism, referrals, experience in school, and planning for the future.

Why is Making the Grade Conferencing important?  This provides students with a way to help them reflect on their academic performance and to motivate them for the rest of the semester.  This personalized attention assists students in getting the help they need, if necessary. Past conferences have helped identify students who may need enrichment, tutoring, social support, or other types of assistance to help them reach their utmost potential. Our goal is to make sure that no student gets left behind in his or her schoolwork or “falls through the cracks” of Peoria’s support systems.

How can I help? Please consider participating! Volunteers typically meet with 8-12 students in a two-hour time. This event takes place at the respective schools during normal school hours.  


For more information on any of these focus areas or the Adopt-A-School program in general, please contact our Adopt-a-School Coordinator, Sarah Oakford, at or (309) 369-0386.



Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in partnering with one of our schools

Please CLICK HERE for the Adopt-A-School Volunteer Registration Packet

Please CLICK HERE for the Adopt-A-School Partner Agreement Form



Contact Information

Sarah Oakford, Adopt-A-School Coordinator
Phone: 309.369.0386