Art Club - you!
Volunteers assist with our after school art club which is offered twice per month. Volunteers may assist the groups or may take a larger role in leading the activities. Currently, our art club is split into three age groups. We had a waiting list last school year and are hopeful more volunteers will allow more students to be able to participate in this new program!
Bookfair - Ashley Pease
Many volunteers are needed to help during each Scholastic Bookfair. An hourly schedule is set up so that the bookfair is staffed at all times. Volunteers help children shop, straighten books and displays, and receive payments for items. Volunteers are also needed for set up and clean up.
Cheetah Readers -
This successful reading program rewards students with points that they can use to shop at the Safari Shack which is open three times per year. Volunteers collect reading logs, create a board to highlight program participants and school wide minutes, track points, establish school wide incentives, and run the Safari Shack.
Copy Person - Leanna Borland
This volunteer picks a day during the week to come in and copy PTA flyers in the school and sort them by classroom.
Carnival - Heidi Landis, Melissa Braaflat, Andrea Eckart
The most popular celebration of the year is our annual carnival. Volunteers are needed to put together this fan favorite by arranging for food, a bouncy house, games, and prizes. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to sell tickets, run games, award prizes, sell food, etc.
Fundraising - Leanna Borland and You!
Our large fundraising event(s) take place in the fall and support our budget through the school year. Volunteers are needed to coordinate the fundraising events by collecting orders, working with vendors, and distributing orders to families. This year, we will be selling first aid kits and Entertainment books instead of the usual fall giftwrap sale. We are also planning smaller fundraisers such as smelly pencils and lollipops.
Hospitality - Andrea Eckart
Volunteers are needed to plan and serve refreshments at the four general membership meetings and family fun evening events.
Membership - Andrea Eckart
Volunteers assist in increasing our membership by managing enrollment of members, hosting membership tables at events and soliciting businesses for membership incentives and door prizes.
All other committees submit articles advertising upcoming events and providing reports on past events and activities to keep our families up to date on what PTA is doing. This volunteer pulls all of this information together into our newsletter every month.
Historically, we have popped popcorn every Thursday and made it available to students for 25 cents. Volunteers were needed to sell tickets in the morning, pop and bag the popcorn, and deliver it to classrooms every Thursday. Due to the shortage of volunteers and the cost of this program, we will probably just pop for school events.
Room Parents - you!
At least one volunteer is needed in each classroom to serve as room parent. This person helps to organize class parties (Fall, Winter and Spring) and helps gather items and assemble them for the basket raffle in May. One person is needed to serve as room parent coordinator. This person keeps a record of all room parents, sends reminders and answers questions about parties, and facilitates assembly of the baskets.
Science Fair - you!
Volunteers help organize and facilitate our student science fair by promoting the event, arranging for judging, and coordinating the event with the school.
Silent Auction - You
Volunteers contact local businesses for donations through a large mailing, follow up with calls or in person, pick up items, promote the event, and coordinate the event itself.
Assemblies - you!
Volunteers plan student enrichment events such as visits by authors, Pacific Science Center, theatre productions, etc. Volunteers communicate with the performers and coordinate with the school.
Birthday Book Club - you!
This program encourages participants to donate one or more books to the Cedar Valley library. Volunteers help manage the program by sending out flyers throughout the year about the program; creating and updating a bulletin board with the kids’ names who have donated; and having donor names published in the PTA newsletter. In June, the volunteer arranges a cupcake birthday party celebration for all the participants.
Clothing Bank -
The Kent Area Council PTA runs a clothing bank available to students and families in the Kent School District. A volunteer participates by coordinating a clothing drive during the school year with donations supporting the KAC PTA clothing bank. Also, volunteers will be needed for one night during the school year when it is Cedar Valley’s turn to assist in running the bank.
Family Fun Night - Melissa Braaflat
Volunteers with great ideas are needed to create, plan and coordinate family-oriented evening events at the school. Past events have included dances, movie nights, reading nights, and game nights. You don't have to plan all this stuff - just one simple event would be great!!
Grant Writing - YOU!
As the economy continues to struggle, so does our funding. This volunteer researches grant opportunities and applies for available grants. This may also require a follow up report depending on requirements of the company providing the grant.
Legislation - Jennifer Harjehausen
The Washington State PTA has lobbyists in Olympia to help pass legislation for the benefit of all children. Each school (local PTA) sends a delegate to the WSPTA Legislative Assembly to help decide what priority our voice should have in Olympia. This volunteer distributes a survey to all families in regards to the direction you wish our delegate to vote at legislative assembly and provides newsletter articles with legislative updates.
MultiCultural Celebration - You!
Volunteers organize this event by arranging performers, activities, food, and music representing the cultures of our families at Cedar Valley. Volunteers are also needed to set up, help during the event, and clean up.
Outreach - You!
This volunteer assists our PTA with outreach to our Hispanic families by translating PTA flyers, being available at PTA events as an interpreter, and serving as a resource and advisor to the PTA with respect to opportunities to engage all of our families.
Reflections - You!
This program provides the opportunity for students to submit entries at the local unit PTA level and have them judged with the potential to move up to the council, state and national level of PTA. Students may submit entries in the areas of visual arts, photography, literature, musical composition, dance choreography and film/video production. Volunteers help promote the program within the school, organize and review the entries, arrange for judging, plan a recognition event and forward entries to the next level.
Summer Reading - you!
This volunteer promotes the summer reading program at the end of the school year, sends reading logs home for students to complete during the summer and then collects these forms at the beginning of the following school year. The volunteer also organizes prizes to be awarded to the participants.
Spirit Apparel - Colleen Nielsen
This sale is done as a service to our Cedar Valley families and is not a fundraiser. This volunteer would arrange for the sale of items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, vests, etc. by collecting orders and distributing the products.
Volunteer Coordinator - You
This volunteer would keep track of people who volunteer, organize and arrange for incentive awards for volunteers, welcome and organize volunteers at PTA events, send thank you cards to volunteers, and support volunteers as a resource for questions. This is a new position on our PTA Board!
Staff Appreciation - Ashley Pease
Volunteers provide treats and tokens of recognition for our wonderful staff. During conference week, PTA coordinates a potluck dinner for the staff staying late to meet with parents.