With the 2022-23 school year set to begin Aug. 10, Klein ISD is seeking volunteers to serve with the district's Bus Buddies program.

According to an Aug. 1 district news release, bus buddies are volunteers who assist elementary students to ensure they get off the bus at the correct location at the start of the school year. One bus buddy is required per elementary bus for the first three days of school, Aug. 10-12.

Officials noted all KISD buses are air conditioned, and the time commitment for bus buddies is 2:45-5 p.m. To sign up for the program, prospective bus buddies must register online, review the KISD Bus Buddies training document and complete a volunteer background check.

For more information about the Bus Buddies program, contact Christy Spisak at 832-249-4753 or via email at [email protected].

In addition to bus buddies, KISD is seeking volunteers who are working in or retired from a STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—career to be guest speakers in KISD schools as part of the district's STEAM Express program.

According to a July 27 district news release, the STEAM Express program travels to all 52 KISD campuses each year to promote STEM careers and pathways. Each speaker should prepare a short presentation to students that describes the speaker's STEM career and includes items or pictures related to the STEM career. Speakers should also be prepared to answer student questions about the STEM career.

Officials noted speakers do not need to have a student in KISD to participate, but all volunteers must pass a background check to interact with students.

To sign up as a speaker on the STEAM Express, click here or contact STEAM Coordinator Marc Williams via email at [email protected] for more information.