• Pierce Elementary Volunteer Opportunity Guide

     Looking to get involved in the Pierce Community?  Below is a listing of some of the ways you get involved outside of the classroom setting.  These are great opportunities to get to know the Pierce staff, Pierce students and other parents.  For more details on any of the volunteer opportunities listed below, please contact the Pierce PTA at piercepantherspta@gmail.com.

     Community Education:

    This is separate from the PTA, and another great way to get involved.  They meet in the evening from 7-8 pm about 6 times a year.  This group helps plan service events for the students and community to participate in.  Interested people should contact Ingrid Haddock for more information, IHaddock@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

     Pierce Carnival:

    Committee members plan and organize the fall social event which includes booking the vendors, communicating the event, organizing the carnival volunteers, selling tickets, etc.  It is a great opportunity to meet many families when volunteering for this position!  This event requires many general volunteers to make the event successful.  The general volunteers will sign up via sign up genius to help out on the day of the carnival for 1-2 hours.  Carnival is typically held on a Wednesday evening in mid-September.

     Skate World:

    Pierce is only responsible for selling tickets for admission.  All other activities are run by the Skate World!  Committee planners plan for the event which includes event communication, ticket pre-sales, door ticket sales, etc.  This event only requires 2-3 volunteers on the day of the event to sell tickets and distribute pre-sale tickets.  Event is typically held on a Saturday evening in late January.  

     Pierce Bingo:

    Committee members responsibilities are collecting prize donations, communicating the event, selling tickets, booking food vendor, etc.  This event will require a few additional volunteers to help run the event on the night it takes place.  Event is typically help in winter/early spring on a Wednesday evening.

     Accelerated Reader:

    Two to three volunteers are needed only at the harvests, about 6 times per year. The volunteers are required to tabulate points, fill out sheets for each student, and track each student's points. This portion of the harvest is done at school, on harvest day.  Previous to each harvest, the AR committee is required to prepare student tally sheets, obtain rewards, stars, bags etc. following the harvest, one of the committee members does the input into excel.  Each committee member usually works a different part of the program.  AR committee also helps maintain a bulletin board outside of the Pierce office.

     Box Tops:

    Volunteers are responsible for prepping and submitting Box Tops to program and monitoring that payment is received.  Run special promotion(s) throughout year and advertise program; coordinate with volunteers.  Approx 10-20 hours in months of October and February, with 1-2 hours/month rest of school year.

     Math Pentathlon:

    Do you enjoy Math?  Consider getting involved with this great program.  This program strengthens basic math concepts and skills, and stimulates creative thinking while developing problem-solving skills.  Students K - 5 are invited to participate.  Parent volunteers help to run the games at each meeting which are typically help before school.

     5th Grade Graduation:

    Want to help make your student’s last day at Pierce a memorable one?  If so, get involved with this committee.  Lots goes into making this day a special one!  Committee members help create memory books for the 5th graders, help host a fundraiser for the 5th graders legacy gift to Pierce, help to organize the ceremony, etc.  Planning typically starts in January.

    Staff Welcome Back Lunch/Conference Dinners:

    Love to bake, decorate, or host a dinner?  Bake an item and drop off for teachers to enjoy, or stay and help serve and set up at the meals.  Welcome back lunch is held in September and conference dinners are held in November and March.

    Safety Week:

    A PTA sponsored school program that promotes Internet Safety, Stranger Danger Awareness, and Fire and Police Safety. PTA holds Parent Information Sessions.  Contact organizations to come in and talk to the students about safety.  Many of the same people are contacted each year, so this is mainly managing the logistics of all the visitors.  Typically held in early December.   

    New Families:

    Help welcome new families to the Pierce Community.  You can serve as a point of contact for new families to ask you questions or just come to a new family coffee to mingle with those new to Pierce.

    Field Day:

    A great way to spend the day outside with the students.  Lots of parent volunteers are needed to host a field day station.  Event is typically held on a Friday in June.

    Fun Run:

    A wide range of ways to get involved in this Wellness event - collecting sponsorships, helping stuff goody bags for the Pierce students, helping on the day of the event, etc.  This event typically takes place on a Friday morning in late September/early October.  Students K - 5 all participate.

     Spring Book Exchange:

    Collect, sort, and organize the books for the book swap.  Supervise grades as they come in for the swap.  Work with student council to donate extra books.  Typically held in late April.

    Fundraising:

    Love to throw a party?  Have lots of contacts around town?  Want to get to know the town better by soliciting donations?  Every other year there is a large fundraising event, on the off years the main fundraising source is a silent auction.

    Alumni Breakfast:

    Coordinator will work to advertise this alumni event to the community.  All former Pierce students are welcome and encouraged to attend this breakfast to reconnect with old teachers and look back at their former elementary school before heading off to college.  Coordinator will order breakfast and will invite Pierce staff as well to attend.  Event is typically held in late May/early June.

    Band-Aid Clinic:

    Help out during lunches and recesses in the Band-Aid Clinic.  Give out ice packs and band-aids.   Having extra hands in the office during the busy lunch hour is so helpful to the Pierce office staff.

    Reading Room:

    A super flexible way to volunteer inside the school.  The reading room is where the teachers get books to stock the classrooms for reading.  Help is always needed keeping things organized, so that books can easily be found.

    Box Tops/Soup Labels:

    Work outside the home?  Have little kids at home?  This is easy to do on your own time.  Collect box tops from the office and help cut, and mail in for money for our school.

     Dad’s Club:

    Dads are welcome everywhere, but this club is just for them.  The Dads club puts on a dance each year, serves popsicles at the Fall Carnival, and provides other help as needed.  Past things have included hanging a bat house and helping to move classrooms.

    Media Center:

    Want to be in the school, but need to be flexible?  Volunteer as little as once a month or as much as you like.  Come for as little as a half hour.  Help check in and out books and reshelve.  Arrange your time during your child’s media center special if you like.

    Planter Boxes, On Site Gardening (not the vegetable garden):

    Have a green thumb?  Come in at your leisure, even the weekend and work on the planter boxes that greet visitors as they enter our school.

    4th Grade Disability Workshop:

    Want to work directly with the students?  The workshop is for 4th graders, but parents of all grades are welcome to volunteer.  Described by many students as their favorite day.  Work directly with the students teaching awareness of differences and what it is like to have a difference.  Volunteer for the entire day or half a day.  This takes place in the fall.

    Book Fair:

    Volunteers are needed during school hours for set-up and take down, and during the afternoon and evening to help sell books.  Bring along your child, they love to play check out and scan the books.  Book Fairs are held in November and March during parent teacher conferences.

    Staff Appreciation Week:

    A great way to show your gratitude to the Pierce staff!  This committee will work to make the Pierce staff feel special during this week in May.  In the past, committee has coordinated themed activities for the students to show their appreciation - such as draw your teacher a picture/card day, wear your teacher’s favorite color day, bring your teacher a flower day.  A staff lunch is typically provided on Friday.

    Winter Market:

    Lots of possibilities to get involved here.  Winter Market takes place the first weekend in December and is a town wide event that we sell items to raise money for the art and music program at Pierce.  Volunteer to work the booth at the market or ahead of time to help assemble sale items.  If you volunteer there are options for your kids to help out too.

     Kindergarten Round-Up:

    Coordinator works with Pierce administration to provide volunteer support for this event.  Approximately 8 parent volunteers will act as tour guides on the night of the event as potential new families learn more about Pierce.  Typically takes place on a Wednesday evening in late January.