• SMILES Program
    (Senior Motivators in Learning and Education Services)

    Senior Volunteer Tax Exchange Program
    The Bellefonte Area School District proudly announces the tax exchange program for senior citizens. Seniors may volunteer their services in our schools in exchange for a tax credit. The program is open to residents who are 60 years of age or older and pay residential property taxes.
    Participants have the opportunity to volunteer for up to 100 hours of service in exchange for up to a $500 reduction in next years school property taxes per residence. Prorated credits will be issued in 5 hour increments at a rate of $5 for every volunteer hour, up to a max of $500. You must volunteer a minimum of 20 hours in order to be eligible for any tax credit.
    Do You Qualify?
    • Age 60 or older
    • Residential property owner residing in the Bellefonte Area School District
    How to Apply
    • Contact the district administration office for an application at
      (814) 355-4814
    • Submit a completed application to District office
    • Submit all other paperwork required of volunteers to the Volunteer Coordinator (Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal History Report, Statement of Confidentiality, and Residency Affidavit).  If you have not been a PA resident for at least the last 10 years you will also need an FBI Fingerprint Report).  Please see the "What Forms Do I Need"  section on the website for specific forms and instructions. 
    • Participation is limited to the first twenty-five (25) qualifying senior citizens
    The experience and knowledge of senior citizen volunteers are needed in a broad range of areas, including a host of areas working with students and helping our buildings. A small list includes:
    Working Directly with Students:
    • Helping students in the cafeteria, library, classroom, or computer lab
    • Helping as a tutor
    • Listening to children read or reading to children
    Working in Support Areas:
    • Playing piano or other musical instruments
    • Assisting in art, physical education, library, home economics, or science labs
    Working in Offices and Building Support:
    • Special assignments in cleaning, grounds keeping, or painting
    • Assisting in health room, library, or office