Carpenter Elementary PTA Volunteer Interest
Thank you for your interest in helping serve our students, teachers and school! Whether you're thinking about playing a big role or want to keep it more low-key, there's something for everyone and we can accommodate a variety of schedules. If any of the activities below interest you, please check the boxes to let us know and someone from the PTA board will be in touch! You do NOT have to be a Stay At Home parent to contribute!!
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In the following questions, you will see what the PTA aspirations for the school year. These can only be offered to the school with the help of parent volunteers. Please consider giving a little of your time to positively affect not only your students, but the whole school community.
I would like to be involved whenever I can. Add me to the list of parents who are willing to help with anything... from planned events to last minute calls for help.
Teacher Appreciation
Plan periodic "appreciation squad hits" to surprise our staff with little tokens of appreciation. Also, help to plan Teacher Appreciation Week for May 2022. If you love hunting for ideas on Pinterest and delighting people with gifts, this committee is for you! Requires: 1 Chair and 1-2 committee members
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Teacher Luncheons
Help to plan luncheons for teachers and staff. Help organize luncheon themes, menus, and potentially contact local restaurant vendors. Requires: 1 Chair and 4-5 committee members
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Yearbook
Organize and design the yearbook using an online software program. Gather from teachers or help take candid class pictures, promote and sell yearbooks. Ongoing.
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Corporate Sponsorship Team
Help solicit monetary and in-kind donations from community businesses to supplement our fundraising. This includes acquiring donations for our annual Fall Online Auction. The framework for sponsorships is already in place, but we need some go-getters to approach businesses with the options. Early Summer/Fall.
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Heroes Luncheon
This community engagement event brings in local law enforcement and first responders into the school to interact with students during lunch. Plan a simple luncheon and meet and greet and coordinate with local firefighters, police officers, EMTs, etc. to invite them to the event. Fall, around Veterans Day. **Please note: we are not yet sure whether we will be able to hold this event this year, due to COVID protocols**
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Spirit Nights
Plan and coordinate Spirit Nights with local restaurants and distribute flyers. Ongoing.
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Family Fun Nights
Plan and organize fun activities for this fun community event. September/October and May. **Please note: we are not yet sure whether we will be able to hold this event this year, due to COVID protocols**
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"Attractions" Coupon Book Fundraiser
Help execute this simple annual fundraiser. Collect and keep track of orders and payments; coordinate distribution of books and student prizes. August/September.
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Spiritwear
Help sell Carpenter gear like t-shirts, water bottles and magnets. Ongoing throughout the year.
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Art Reflections
With guidelines from the NCPTA, plan, promote and deliver student artwork submissions. Plan a breakfast for participants at the end of the program. Fall/Winter.
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Bookfair
Serve on a committee to help run our annual book fair. November/December.
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Science Expo
Using established guidelines, plan, promote and execute our annual student Science Fair. January/February.
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Square 1 Art
Coordinate with the art teacher to facilitate this simple fundraiser. Collect order forms and distribute products to teachers upon arrival. Spring.
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Boosterthon
Work with Boosterthon team to help coordinate annual fundraiser. Plan decorations for school lobby. Pinterest always has lots of ideas, and we will receive resources from the company and can rely on other local schools. March/April.
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Camp Chameleon
We would love to have a committee to help with projects in Camp Chameleon (the one and ONLY science center in Wake County's School System!!!) Ongoing throughout the year.
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Field Day
Coordinate with PE Teacher to get volunteers and help run the events (NOT planning, just execution with volunteers.) June.
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Fifth Grade Celebration
Two events in May/June. Coordinate with the 5th grade teachers for the celebration for fifth graders. This includes ordering cake or cupcakes and simple refreshments. May/June/July.
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Boxtops
Help count quarterly BoxTop collections twice per year. October and February.
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Nominating Committee
Ongoing: Are you well-connected with other parents at school? Would you like to be more involved in the leadership aspect of the PTA? We need a few people to serve on the Nominating Committee, who will make recommendations for potential PTA Board of Directors officers for the 2018-19 school year. March/April.
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Cultural Arts
Coordinate and schedule arts programs, choosing a mixture of performance arts, literature, music, as well as hands-on programs for 4th and 5th graders. Most performance groups we use year after year. Submit annual grant paperwork. Lots of help and resources are available! Summer/Fall.
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Cary Challenge Club (formerly Run Club)
Students are invited to participate in an active way to start off the day. On Friday mornings, from 8:15 am to 8:45 am, we will be out walking, jogging, and chatting around the track. Most weeks we offer sprinting / relays. It's a fun way to get some fresh air, exercise, socialize with friends, and start the school day energized and focused! This club is offered in the fall and spring. We need volunteers to record laps, coordinate sprints, etc.
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School Store
On Friday mornings, the PTA may offer some educational items and spirit wear to the students. Volunteers are needed to be present and help the students make their purchase. **We will not reopen the School Store until later in the schoolyear- possibly 2nd semester**
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Parent Involvement
Students perform better and our teachers are happier with more parent involvement. Some volunteers are needed to invite our parents into the school and participate in the educational experience. Ongoing and COVID-protocol permitting.
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Advocacy Representative
Do you keep a pulse on what is going on in the community? We would like to stay informed of the Issues that affect our school at the WCPSS and local & state government levels. A volunteer is needed to feed information to the PTA board so we can likewise inform our school community.
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