Our Volunteer Program

We Welcome Our Volunteers!

Due to current guidelines provided by local and state agencies, Murray Independent Schools will use a phased in approach for our successful volunteer program and limit the number of individuals visiting our facilities.  You are well aware, COVID-19 guidance is continuously changing. As we learn more in the next few weeks, our office will continue to provide updates through school messenger, social media, and phone calls.  As we begin a volunteer phased-in approach, all guidelines will be adherent to our CDC guidelines.  Please refer to our MISD respective schools, Murray Elementary, Murray Middle, and Murray High Schools for guidance.  All athletic volunteers will follow guidelines and processing from our athletic director.  (To become a phased-in volunteer an application, confidential training, and an approved background check (good for five years) will be required. ( Our training is offered online  https://bit.ly/2FzVHdm.)

Our district is currently providing optional on-line learning, as well as optional in-person instruction. The number one priority of  MISD  is the health and  safety of students, staff, and stakeholders. The school district will continue to follow COVID-19 guidance from the CDC, KY Department of Public Health, Office of the Governor, KY Department of Education, and the Calloway County Health Department.

We appreciate each of our 500+ volunteers, and the 23,000 + hours they provide to our district, students, and staff. 

 If you have further questions regarding volunteering in our district, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Sherry Purdom, at (270) 761-6508. You can also reach Sherry by email at sherry.purdom@murray.kyschools.us

 Most Successful in our state

The Murray Independent School District Volunteer Program is one of the most successful statewide school programs. Just last year (2018-2019, the program had over 500 approved volunteers that logged 30,300  hours assisting the MISD. 

 Assisting throughout our district

Volunteer hours include hours from the Murray Preschool Head Start, Murray Elementary, Murray Middle, and Murray High. Additionally, the MISD athletics, band programs, clubs and school organizations are also a part of the yearly total of hours.

 Long History and only getting better

The Murray District has had an organized volunteer program for 30 years and it continues to grow with nearly 700 community and in-kind services in a 1,500 student district.

 Doing It All – nothing is too small

Volunteers lead discussions, help provide supervision, collate, brainstorm, read aloud, tie shoes, sound out words, talk about hobbies or jobs, listen to students read, sing and dance with children, set up science experiments, and smile.

 Great Support – real human help

A detailed summary submitted in the 2018-2019 Community Education Report to the state, our district with a student enrollment of over 1,500 students had over 500 different classroom volunteers. 

 We Need You – helping where you can

Volunteers also provide one-on-one help, play instructional games, provoke imaginations, help children decipher instructions, design and create bulletin board displays, answer questions, and help students edit and revise writings. 

Sherry Purdom

Public Information Officer