Welcome to another great year at H.E. McCracken Middle School!  The administration at McCracken believes in using resources in the community to increase the learning capabilites of our students.  Volunteers helping at HEMMS allows teachers to function at the best of their professional capacities.  We are grateful for our volunteers, for they are the heart of our community here at H.E. McCracken.

Anyone wishing to volunteer in the Beaufort County School District, including student mentors and parents, must submit an online application and consent to a criminal history check.

Click on this YouTube Video about becoming a Bulldog Volunteer!

THE ONLINE SCREENING IS CONDUCTED AT NO COST TO THE VOLUNTEER.  Start this process by clicking on the link below.

How our background checks work

The school district’s volunteer background check process includes a nationwide search of criminal databases and sex offender registries. There is no charge for the background check, and no information about the content or nature of the background check is shared with school principals or staff.  Social Security numbers are strictly confidential and are never made available to school personnel.

Please be truthful in your application, and rest assured that a minor infraction in your past will not prevent you from volunteering.


  • Complete the application and consent for background check
  • Select one or more schools


  • The review and approval process may take up to 14 days
  • Failure to provide required information will result in a delay


  • Social Security numbers and background checks are NOT VIEWED by school personnel
  • Volunteers should contact the school volunteer coordinator about their status
  • Returning volunteers must resubmit the online application annually

Once your application is approved, you will receive a temporary volunteer ID badge via e-mail.  Your permanent volunteer ID badge in the mail in approximately 10 days.  It is good for one year.  You must wear the volunteer ID badge at the school site at all times.  You will also need to bring a government-issued photo ID when you enter the school to verify your identity.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please do not wait until the day before an event and then be disappointed when your application cannot be approved in such a short time.

Please review the Volunteer Handbook.

We want to personally thank-you for taking the time to complete the online application. We have an awesome crew of volunteers here and look forward to seeing you on board with us at H.E. McCracken Middle School. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call our office.