• SMILES Program -- Senior Motivators in Learning and Education Services
    Senior Volunteer Tax Exchange Program
    Bellefonte Area School District announces the tax exchange program for senior citizens. Seniors may volunteer their services in district schools in exchange for a tax credit. The program is open to residents 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 year's school property taxes per residence. Prorated credits will be issued in five-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 I qualify?

  • How do I apply?

  • 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, groundkeeping or painting
      • Assisting in the health room, library or office