Valerie Lewis, Coordinator
(804) 693-0654

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday

Information for You

School and Community Information

  • Channel 47: Channel 47 is Gloucester County Public Schools’ public access television station. Tune in anytime to learn about upcoming school events or see what’s been happening recently in our school.
  • Bethel Bearings Newsletter: Bethel Community Education publishes the school’s newsletter, The Bethel Bearings. (You can find the newsletter in the menu at the top of the page under Information.)
  • How Can We Help You Guide

Full Service School

What is the Full Service School Program?

The Full Service School program helps families be successful. Through a collaborative partnership with the county’s seven human service agencies and community organizations, Family Assistance Teams are formed to help individual families overcome obstacles that keep them from reaching their goals. Program partners are:

  • Bethel Baptist Church
  • Bellany United Methodist Church
  • Dragon Run Ruritan Club
  • Gloucester Community Education
  • Gloucester County Public Schools
  • Gloucester Department of Social Services
  • Gloucester Health Department
  • Gloucester Sheriff’s Office
  • Ninth District Court Services
  • Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Counseling Center

Any family with a child attending Bethel is eligible to participate.

Volunteering at Bethel

Volunteers Shape the Future

Volunteers play an important role educating young people at Bethel Elementary. Studies consistently show that active family and community involvement plays a vital role in student success. The Bethel Volunteer Program gives you an opportunity to see the school “up close and personal” as well as form a community that reflects characteristics important to us all: dedicated teachers, curious students and supportive and involved families.

Anyone can be a volunteer: parents, grandparents and other family members; retirees; business and professional people, and college, high and middle school students. All it takes is a genuine interest in helping children. We do require that all potential volunteers have a criminal history background check. They must also attend a volunteer orientation, which can be done in a group setting at the beginning of the school year or on an individual basis.

Volunteer Orientation: TBD

One-Time/Project Driven Volunteer Tasks:

  • Staff special events such as Field Day, Celebrating Cultures, Thanksgiving Feast, Santa Shop, etc.
  • Staff the Book Fair
  • Prepare baked goods
  • Chaperone study trips
  • Put up bulletin boards
  • Monitor the cafeteria
  • Decorate conference room
  • Organize the children’s books in the Atrium Lobby

Volunteer Commitments:

  • Read to students
  • Tutor students
  • Organize student folders
  • Copy materials
  • Organize class parties
  • Shelve books
  • Prepare instructional materials
  • Maintain school indoor plants
  • Maintain school water garden
  • Lunch buddy mentors
  • Sponsor the student run weekly news program
  • Track student competitions (AR tests, Math Facts, Attendance, etc.
Please contact Valerie Lewis at 693-0654 or at   for more information.

Volunteer Forms:

Volunteer Information Form
Central Registry Release of Information Form
Statement of Confidentiality 

Lunch Buddy Mentors

Did you know that 30 minutes a week with a child can make a significant difference in his or her life? Children sometimes need an adult role model who can give them the undivided attention all children crave and Lunch Buddies do just that when they eat with a child once a week in the cafeteria to share food, fun and fellowship.

Lunch Buddies are everyday, ordinary adults who are ready to the extraordinary. They are business people, government employees, community activists, college students, retirees, and private citizens. Lunch Buddies believe in young people and know they need real heroes that they can see in person and discuss their lives with.

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? Do you want a chance to change the future? Become a Lunch Buddy today and see why lunch may become the most important and rewarding meal of your day!

Study Trips and Outreach Programs

Bethel Community Education schedules all study trips as well as outreach programs and community speakers. It also is frequently involved in organizing the school’s special event programming.