Burroughs PTA

PTA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

Parent Volunteers Power Burroughs:

Did you know that there are many Engagement, Enrichment and Fundraising opportunities at Burroughs Community School that need volunteers? Luckily volunteering at your child's school is easy--and fun! Donating just one hour of your time this school year can make a significant difference. We encourage, and need, all families to get involved in their child’s education through volunteering. Additionally, it’s a great way to meet friends and foster community within Burroughs. Once you sign up, a committee chair or a member of the PTA will contact you with next steps.

If you have questions or concerns about volunteering at Burroughs, please contact PTA Volunteer Coordinator, Jennie Hartman at [email protected]

Thank you in advance for your interest!

Date: 06/14/2019 (Fri.)

Created by:   Jennie Hartman
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5th Grade Advancement Ceremony Chair (2)

Help continue a Burroughs tradition! A 4th grade parent is needed to organize and staff the 5th grade promotion reception. Coordinate certificates and refreshments after the ceremony.


5th Grade Party

Help our graduating class of 2018 celebrate by being a part of the party planning committee!

2 slots filled - more available
Lara Tickle
Robyn Miller

All School Picnic: Spring 2019

Help the Burroughs community celebrate spring at the annual spring picnic. Invite friends to join you on this committee or come meet new ones! Date of picnic is early May 2019, after-school/early evening.


Box Tops Co-Coordinator

This volunteer would help with classroom parties, updating the beloved atrium bulletin board, assist with collecting and counting Box Tops. Time commitment is approx 1 hour/week. Interested grandparents and caregivers welcome.

Yanling Cottle

Coke Caps Coordinator

FILLED: Burroughs has recently started collecting Coca Cola codes which earn $.05-38 per code for our school—and many have been collected! We are seeking a volunteer to enter the codes online on a very flexible monthly basis.


Crayon Initiative (2)

FILLED: Help Burroughs support this great non-profit and get this program off the ground. The Crayon Initiative collects unwanted and used crayons and recycles them into new ones, then donates them back to schools, hospitals, arts programs, etc.


Dining for Dollars

FILLED. Do you love dining out or shopping in our neighborhood? Turn that passion into funds for the Burroughs PTA. We are seeking a chair to schedule and organize dining and shopping events at local establishments that will give back to Burroughs!

Lara Tickle

EZ Bucks (4)

Join the EZ Bucks committee to help Burroughs reach our annual goal of $3,000! Volunteers are needed to collect and count Box Tops and update the bulletin board. This is a flexible weekend and evening volunteer opportunity.


Fall for Burroughs Auction Co-Chair

FILLED! The auction committee is seeking a co-chair for the 2018 Fall for Burroughs Auction. The co-chair will work closely with the chair to execute the auction, one of our biggest fundraisers. This 2-year position's main time commitment is in the fall.


Kindergarten Parents Welcome Coffee

Seeking 1st Grade parents to co-host a welcome coffee with the PTA at Burroughs on the first day of kindergarten 2018 (August 29th).

1 slot filled - more available
Julie Gladney

Media Center

Help repair, organize and scan books for check-in. Ms. Weber will welcome your volunteer contribution at any time, no experience necessary! Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/y6unu33c


Lunchroom Help

Sign up for specific lunch days here: http://tinyurl.com/y76yfg3v. The lunchroom needs several parent volunteers each day to help the kids open lunch items, pass out utensils/napkins and help them sort their trash.

2 slots filled - more available
Richelle Norton
8/27 & 8/28
Kate Phillips

PE Outings & Adventures

Join your child’s classroom for fun and unique to Burroughs PE experiences including: Ice Fishing, Skiing & Sledding, Ice Skating, Track & Field Day and more! No need to sign up, just show up!


Burroughs Families for Equity & Justice

Get involved in one of the FEJ committees! Community Service, Classroom Champions, Diverse books, Events, Inclusive Communications / Translations

1 slot filled - more available
Stephanie Verzal


Thank you to the dozens of parents who volunteered to help with the various RAT needs! We are all set now, but stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities as they arise!

7 slots filled - more available
Chandralekha Gupta-Badjie
Erin Norris
Available for packet assembly 01/29 day
Beth Goodpaster
I can do packet Prep and/distribution, as well as prize sorting and tally night, as needed
Erika Collins
Available for packet assembly in the evening of 1/29
Rachael Staab
Available to help with poster assembly (evening or weekend) and potentially Prize night (evening)
Krista Ferrier
Available for Tally Night and/or Prize Night
Dave Adams
I’m available to help on Tally Night (MAR 8) for RAT.

Spring Book Fair, Spring 2019

The Scholastic sign up link will be available in early April. Many volunteers are needed to help make the spring half-price book fair successful!

2 slots filled - more available
Lara Tickle
Gail McLaughlin

Spring Campus Clean-Up, May 2019

Friday, May 2019. Students will help beautify our campus by picking up trash and landscape debris and planting new plants during school. Volunteers will help children during their clean-up time slot. Specific details will be posted soon!

1 slot filled - more available
kate phillips

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Spring 2019

May 2019. Show your appreciation for your child's teacher with breakfast! The Burroughs PTA is seeking volunteers to provide breakfast items for the Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast.

1 slot filled - more available
Gail McLaughlin

Traffic & Safety Committee (2)

FILLED: Interested in safety issues that impact commuting to Burroughs? Join with other concerned community members to discuss traffic and safety near Burroughs. This committee meets in the evenings approx 2-3 times per year.


Vision Screenings (6)

All K, 1, 3 and 5th graders will have their vision screened by Phillips EYE Institute in January or February.  

2 of 6 slots filled
Miranda Shriver
Abby Hougan

Walk & Bike to School Day, Spring 2019

Spring 2019. Work with existing chair to help continue this new tradition at Burroughs! All ideas welcome!


BFEJ Book Tree Coordinator

FILLED! Coordinate a Book Tree in the lobby with diverse books to purchase for the school (and for families to read). Books that are not just about historical figures (Jackie Robinson, MLK) but that reflect our society today.

1 slot filled - more available
Elizabeth Odette
I helped with this last year and would like to continue to help this year. (Evan Krumholz's mom - 1st grader Rm. 235)

School Picture Day; Tuesday September 18 (4)

FILLED! Help capture priceless memories at school picture day! Work with others to help students put their best face forward. Bonus: You get FREE school pictures for volunteering on this day! Two time slots available: 9:00-12:15 and 12:00-3:15

All slots filled
Emily Crawford
I would prefer the 9am time slot
Angela Ericson
9:00-12:15 time slot, please
Kristie Johnson
9-12:15 please
Miranda Shriver
I can volunteer during the 9 am - 12:15 pm slot.

Landscape Committee

There are many ways to help Burroughs stay green and clean throughout the year. Fall Cleanup: Prep 4-6 hours, Event 4-6 hours. Spring Student Clean Up: Prep 4-6 hours, Event 4-6 hours. Courtyard Needs: 20-40 hours spread out throughout the year


Fall & Spring Feed Our Teachers (2)

Help feed our fabulous teachers lunch on conference days Wed 10/17 & Friday 2/15. Sign-up to co-host the fall lunch OR to bring an item(s) to share. ***Link for food sign up will be in the Burroughs Bulletin in late September and January, respectively.


Visit Our Schools

Burroughs will once again host a series of open house events in Fall 2018 for prospective families to come learn about our fabulous Burroughs community and tour our school. The committee is looking for “veteran" parent volunteers.

1 slot filled - more available
Julie Gladney

Hearing Tests

All 1st grade students will have their hearing tested in October with Nurse Sharon. Seeking volunteers to help teachers with transitions.


BRAVO Music Enrichment

BRAVO is a curriculum enrichment program taught by parent (or family/community) volunteers in the classroom. Six lessons are presented throughout the year. Volunteers attend two training sessions, and all teaching materials are provided.


Art Adventures

Art Adventures is a partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) which introduces students to works of art from a variety of cultures. We need volunteers with a desire to help students learn and appreciate art in each classroom.


Destination Imagination

DI is an enrichment program where teams of 5-7 students develop answers to challenges about diverse topics incorporating STEAM and service learning. Students then compete against their peers while learning patience, resilience, and more. Seeking coaches!


Walk & Bike to School Day, Fall 2018 (2)

Help lead a group of bikers or walkers from your neighborhood, or help coordinate easy activities in the atrium. Check out more details here: https://tinyurl.com/ycau62hu


Mindfulness Open House Event (8)

Are you passionate about the Mindfulness curriculum at Burroughs? Share that enthusiasm at our fall open house by assisting Ms Jen at one of several stations. Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 6-7:30pm

4 of 8 slots filled
Elissa Welch
Alison Campbell
Maggie Skrypek
I will have my kids ages 9,7, and 4, but we'd love to help out!
Jen Bertolatus

Fall Book Fair

Many volunteers are needed for our Fall Book Fair, Thursday 10/4-Saturday 10/6! Sign-up directly on the Scholastic site: https://tinyurl.com/y7szk5l8


Fall Book Fair Cafe

Help prep and serve lunch to hungry Book Fair customers on Saturday 10/6. Sign-up directly here: https://tinyurl.com/ya9f3q6a


2019-20 PTA Officers (4)

Join the PTA 5 times per year where we vote on budgets and other decisions and discuss academics and extracurricular activities. There are 4 open officer positions for the 2019-20 school year: Vice President, Co-Treasurer, Secretary and Vol. Coordinator


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