PTA Committees

There are many committees within the PTA that get to put their own stamp on the many events and functions that the PTA supports. Any of these committees would love to have your time and talents on their team! If you are interested in learning more about any of these committees, please visit their page and please reach out to anyone involved or the PTA board. We want to answer your questions and have you involved!

2021-22 Horace Mann School PTA Volunteer Program & Event Descriptions


Event/Fundraiser Volunteer Opportunities

Business Partnerships: On-going throughout the year

The PTA has partnered with local businesses such as Punch Pizza and Poppy to take advantage of their reward programs. These programs give back to our school by generating revenue (5-50%) through purchases our families make on designated Horace Mann Nights.  5-10 volunteers need to contact, coordinate, and publicize partnership nights. (In 2021-22, we are looking for co-chairs for this committee.) 

Free Family Fun Nights: On-going throughout the year

Volunteer to assist in informal free school gatherings like Movie and BINGO nights or your ideas for school-wide fun.  Sign up for one gathering or many.  You choose what works for you!  5-15 volunteers needed.  (In 2021-22, it is unclear how this program will work but in-person, virtual, or outdoor plans are options.)

Silent & Live Auction: On-going throughout the year

This is a fabulous off-site, adult only fund-raising event for the school–our biggest of the year!  Volunteers are needed for planning on several committees throughout the year. As well as working at the event.  Please join us at one or all of our monthly planning meetings–everyone is welcome. 20-30 volunteers needed. (In 2021-22, we are hoping for an in-person event.)

Box Tops for Education: On-going throughout the year

This fundraising program is sponsored by General Mills.  The box tops program is going virtual but as they are phasing out the cut-and-send system we will be doing both.  These box tops are redeemed for cash to HM.  Everyone can collect box tops to benefit the school! The work is done at your own time and place.  2-5 volunteers needed.

Read-A-Thon: September/October/November 

A fantastic event that combines reading and fundraising.  Students collect pledges for the minutes they read. Students and classrooms are recognized for reading and tracking their minutes.  10-15 volunteers needed to collect forms and money raised, tabulate pledge sheets, and/or plan the all-school celebration. (In 2021-22, this will be in November.)

Scholastic Book Fair: November 

Held in November during Fall conferences.  Scholastic books are sold over 3 days at a display at the school.  Help set up, work the register, or take down the fair.  12-15 volunteers needed.  (In 2021-22, it is unclear if this will be a virtual event or in-person.)

Make It, Take It:  December

Everyone is invited to join in the free fun of creating great crafts and gifts for every age!  Volunteers are needed for preparation as well as working at the event. We need craft prep volunteers and event volunteers.  (In 2021-22, it is unclear how this event will happen but in-person, virtual, or outdoor plans are options.)

Family Volunteer Service Night: February 

Family Service Night is an evening for families to spend time together learning, working and caring for others while empowering our students as they discover that they truly can make a difference!  10-15 volunteers needed to plan and to work the night of the event. (In 2021-22, it is unclear how this event will happen but in-person, virtual, or outdoor plans are options.)

Spring Plant Sale: May

This spring fundraiser provides beautiful plants for sale from Gerten’s Nursery (via pre-paid orders).  The sale requires volunteers the day of delivery to unload, sort, and organize the plants. 10-15 volunteers needed for plant pick up.

Carnival: June 

This is a free fun-filled end of the year celebration of games, activities, and food.  It is one of the highlights of the school year! Volunteers are needed for planning and coordination of the event.  This school wide event relies on participation from the entire school community.  Volunteers can help with the planning on one of several sub-committees or help the day of: 60-75 volunteers are needed for 2 hour shifts the night of the event. (In 2021-22, it is unclear how this event will happen but we are hoping to host an in-person event and include those 5th graders that missed out the last two year.)


Team Non-Fundraiser Volunteer Opportunities

Art Adventure

This art appreciation program is sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  Volunteers receive 3 hours of training, then present works of art in the classroom. Volunteers are invited to the mia for a field trip with the class.  15-20 volunteers needed.  (In 2021-22, it is unclear how this program will work but it is still planned.)

Recognition/Thank you Coordination

Volunteer to assist with writing thank you notes for donations and volunteer work.  This work can be done one your own time and all supplies and postage will be provided.  Volunteers also needed to help with back to school and teacher/staff recognition treats. 5 volunteers needed.

Landscape Team

Volunteers assist in the planning, maintenance, and beautification of our school grounds and playground.  No gardening experience needed and some tools are provided.  5-20 volunteers needed.

Website/Google Site Coordination

Volunteer to assist with the maintenance and updates for the HMPTA website and sending of limited (less than 5) mass emails per year. 5 volunteers needed.

PTA Directory Team

Work with a group to collect data for the PTA sponsored student directory.  Then produce and distribute the directories to each HM family. Most of the work is done in September.  10-15 volunteers needed.

Spirit Wear Team

Choose clothing with the HM logo, set up and publicize 1-2 orders per year, and order the free red HM t-shirts for new students and staff in August. 5-10 volunteers needed.

Teacher Conference Meals (November and/or March)

Provide a portion of a meal to our teachers for one night during conferences.  Opportunities to sign up for a main dish, side dish, or dessert is typical.  Delivery to school by 3:00 pm is required. 20-40 volunteers needed. (In 2021-22, it is unclear if this service will be needed.)

Tutoring Program

The volunteer tutoring program at HM provides one-on-one and small group instruction to children who need additional academic support.  The tutor’s go through a training, orientation, and background check at HM. Our volunteers work primarily with the subjects of reading and math throughout all grade levels in the school. (In 2021-22, it is unclear how this program will be implemented.)

Yearbook Team

Coordinate the creation of the HM Yearbook with LIfetouch, Inc. Work with other parents/guardians to gather pictures, use the online resources for creation, and distribute information about the yearbook. This is a year-long committee, but most of the work is done online at your own time & place. 5-15 volunteers needed.  (In 2021-22, it is unclear how this will work with Lifetouch but the co-chair is planning on it.)

Membership Coordination

Volunteer to help with the HM PTA membership.  Update forms and payment methods and provide data-entry at the beginning of the year.  5 volunteers needed.

Legislative Coordination

Volunteer to help with organizing legislative advocacy for public education. 5 volunteers needed.

5th Grade Ambassador Coordination

5th Grade Families volunteer to help organize the student Ambassadorś that provide various jobs (recycling, child-care at meetings, open house tours) to earn credit toward the cost of the Eagle Bluff field trip. 5 volunteers needed. (In 2021-22, it is unclear how this program will work but it is still planned.)