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Did you know? Jennie Elliott School Council is a parent-run group that coordinates activities and events for the school that go beyond the day-to-day. These activities raise thousands of dollars for the school's technology, music, physical education, and art programs in addition to artist in residencies and various sporting programs.
There are many volunteer opportunities of varying time commitments. When it comes to volunteering for School Council, even a little time can make a big impact. Here are a few key positions we are looking to fill for the 2017-18 school year:
Fun Lunch Coordinator(s)
Did you know that our Fun Lunch (Healthy Hunger) program is a major fundraiser for the school, bringing in $12,000-$15,000 per year in profit that goes directly back to purchasing technology, equipment and special experiences for our children? Many parents are also familiar with the joy that comes with not having to make lunches on Fun Lunch days or snacks on Special Recess days!!! We are looking for 1-2 parents to coordinate the Fun Lunch program which involves planning the lunches in conjunction with Healthy Hunger, purchasing the drinks and snacks that go with the lunches, communicating to the school community about the lunches and distributing the lunches/recess snacks on Fun Lunch and Special Recess days. Distributing the lunches/recess snacks and cleaning up afterward is a 2 hour commitment from 10:30-12:30 at the school on a Wednesday or Friday every second week, and planning/purchasing/communicating about the lunches/snacks requires another 2-3 hours per month that can be done during the day or evenings around the coordinators' time and schedules.
Parent Education Coordinator(s)
In past years the Parent Education Coordinator has organized guest speakers who are experts in their field to come to the school (usually one in the Fall and one in the Spring) on a weeknight to share information with parents about topics related to parenting, childhood anxiety, raising resilient children, Internet safety, street drug information and safety, among many other subjects. This is a role that could stay the same, or evolve in to coordinating more of a workshop/summit format for parents once or twice per school year, and/or to sharing resources and information with the parent community via email/school council website. This position could be mostly performed in the evenings and would take between 5-15 hours of the coordinator's time once or twice a year.
Family Dance Coordinator(s)
A true highlight of the school year for the students at Jennie Elliott, the Family Dance occurs in February. The Family Dance Coordinator typically spends 15-20 hours the month prior to the dance organizing volunteers, soliciting donations for food and drinks sold at the dance, and organizing the music (DJ) and decorations which can be done during the day or evening around the coordinators' time and schedules. Setting up the dance, decorations, food and drink booth, hosting the dance and clean-up afterward is a full 3-4 day commitment for the coordinator encompassing 1-2 days prior to the dance, the day of the dance and the day afterward.
Jennifer Chambers, Co-Chair