Volunteering and Support

Volunteering in the school

If you have a special skill or talent, love to teach, care about our community’s children, and want to play a substantial role in the future of our community, please consider volunteering.We welcome people who are parents, former teachers, aunts and uncles, or grandparents to sign up and help in different ways. We have had a wide variety of individuals volunteer, and the experience has been very positive and rewarding. If you’d like to join the ranks of these generous, noble people, CONTACT the school office to see how you can help!

For the safety of our students, we require in-school volunteers who assist on a regular basis to have current clearances on file. Please copy and paste the website address below into your browser window to learn how to obtain them.

Obtaining Clearances:

The Child Abuse and Criminal Records Check are state required.

The FBI clearances are required for our volunteers.that have lived outside Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.

*Parents who this does not apply to will have to sign an affidavit stating they have lived in Pa for 10 plus years.

The links to apply for these clearances can be found below:

1. Child Abuse Clearence


2. Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (Act 34).


3. Federal Criminal History Record Information (FBI Fingerprinting, Act 114).


The GCS Documents with instructions can be found in the document below:




Can you donate some non-perishable healthy snacks once or twice a trimester?

There are some children in the school who are unable to bring in their own snacks on a regular basis. If you could bring some items in one time or on a regular basis, it would be very much appreciated.

Since we have new wellness guidelines, we’re asking for the following types of snacks:

  • Individual boxes of raisins
  • Individual serving containers of no sugar added applesauce
  • Granola bars with limited sugar, and minimal ingredients
  • Whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter
  • Whole grain Goldfish crackers
  • Individual 100% juice boxes

Please avoid bringing in items such as candy, cookies, and toaster pastries, or snacks with artificial colors or large quantities of sugar.

Thank you in advance for all of your help for the children’s sake.


Even though Gillingham is a public charter school, it only receives 70% of the money upon which regular public schools operate. Successful charter schools like Gillingham demonstrate fiscal responsibility, integrity, and creativity. However, maintaining a charter school is not a simple task.

If you would like to contribute to our non-profit organization, please contact our grants committee co-chair (we need contact info here). He will gladly sit down and personally discuss ways your resources can further our mission.

Thank you for considering us!


We are successful because of our many supporters! Our fundraising committee has worked diligently and members of the community have given generously. Friendly’s and many other businesses have allowed us to use their facilities and to raffle their goods. We thank these generous individuals and entities and appreciate the role that they’ve played in making Gillingham Charter School a success.

We sincerely appreciate the generosity and continued support provided by parents, teachers, businesses, and the local community overall.  Everyone has played an important role in making Gillingham Charter School a success!

If you believe in what we are doing, join the ranks of these sponsors and let us tell the community about you!

  • Copycat Business Services
  • Schuylkill County Historical Society
  • Schuylkill YMCA
  • Many Worlds Gallery
  • Dawn L Richards Law Offices
  • J.H and Company
  • AIS Computer Consulting
  • Clinical Outcomes Group
  • Healthy Habits Natural Market
  • Penn State- Schuylkill
  • Schuylkill Council for the Arts
  • The Mad Potter
  • The Strawberry Playhouse
  • Big Owl and Porcupine Pat
  • Block of Art
  • Care Net
  • Designs by Edie
  • Rushanan and DeStefano Real Estate
  • Dawn Shellhammer Realty
  • Pioneer Evergreens Farm


Become a Founding Member. Those parents and grandparents who become Founding Members and meet the requirements earn a guaranteed seat for their child/or grandchild.

Charlotte-Mason-Reviewed copyThe Little Green Book is required reading for all prospective teachers and staff. It is a summary of our Relational Education philosophy. We recommend this book for parents because it clearly presents the philosophy in a concise way. Books can be purchased for $10 at the school office at 912 Howard Ave.