• 2014 - 2015 Portal Elementary

    Volunteer Opportunities Description

    Portal Elementary Volunteer Opportunities Description

     There are many opportunities to be involved at Portal.  Please consider donating just two hours of your time throughout this school year to make this year another great one!  Please mark what you may be interested in on the PTO Pledge Form and the committee chair will contact you through an electronic PTO volunteer sign-up.  The committee chairs will be listed in the student directory coming out next month.  With any questions, please contact Gretchen Schawe at gschawe@cox.net.



     Fall Fundraiser:  New this year!  We’re excited to host the 9-day Boosterthon Fun Run as this year’s Fall fundraiser. We kick off the fun, healthy, and character-building program on September 15th.  Plus, students will be learning five ways to make their community rock with Boosterthon’s character theme Rock’n Town Live, a music festival theme all about community. Along the way, students will gather pledges for how many laps they’ll run at the Boosterthon Fun Run event, which is on Thursday, September 25th.  Your family is invited to come out and cheer on your student! The Boosterthon Fun Run program is a healthy alternative to traditional product sales that raises much-needed funds for our school and over 1400 others across America. The Boosterthon program also promotes three specific values during the fun-filled experience:  Fitness, Leadership, and Character.  There are many opportunities to help with this event and we need lots of parent participation.  Contact Julie Ortman or Gretchen Schawe to help:  jburkhead@cox.net or gschawe@cox.net



    Basket Auction:  This is in coordination with our Bingo Night in the spring.  Assist teachers in collecting themed donation items from students.  Assemble baskets full of donation items and display them in the hallway the week before the event.  Sell and collect tickets for the raffle drawing.


    Spring Fundraiser:  Otis Spunkmeyer cookie sales will be the spring fundraiser. Work with the Otis Spunkmeyer liaison preparing for fundraiser, prepare and count packets and help on delivery day.


    TAGG (Together A Greater Good) 

    Download TAGG's free mobile app by clicking here https://portal.togetheragreatergood.com/public/download.  When you are at participating business, simply ask to "TAGG" your purchase, and they will donate 5% back to our school!   Convenient, easy and free!




    Target:  Be the liaison to Target throughout the school year and to encourage parents to use their Target credit cards to get the 1% cash back to the school of their designation.


    Box Tops:  Collect, trim, count, and bag box tops.  Submit box tops before due dates and before box tops expire.  Encourage parents to submit box tops through friendly competitions throughout the year.  Each one is worth $.10.


    Tyson:  Collect, count, bag and submit Tyson labels once a year.  Each label is worth $.24.


    Hy-Vee Receipts:  Be the liaison to Hy-Vee and collect their receipts from mid-September to December 31st before submitting them to Hy-Vee.


    Campbell’s Labels:  Collect, count, bag and submit Campbell labels throughout the school year.  These labels give us points which we use to purchase supplies for Portal.


    Godfather’s:  Collect, count, bag and submit Godfather’s Fedoras from the Godfather’s pizza boxes.  Each Fedora is worth $.25.


    Cash for Class:  Sponsored by Shadowlake Towne Centre.  Collect submitted receipts for a percentage back.


    Canoyer’s Event:  Coordinate with Canoyer’s in the spring to promote a specific weekend where Canoyer’s will donate 10% of sales from Portal families back to our school.




    Fall Conference Meal:  Coordinate a catered meal and food donations for the fall parent teacher conferences on Tuesday and Thursday, October 14th and 16th, 2014.


    Spring Conference Meal:  Coordinate a catered meal and food donations for the spring parent teacher conferences on Tuesday and Thursday, March 10th and 12th, 2015.


    Santa Wrappers:  Volunteer one night in December to provide wrapping service for the teachers at Portal.


    Staff Appreciation Week:  Plan, donate, and participate in the staff appreciation week May 4-8, 2015.








    Fall Festival:  A Friday night event in the fall located at Portal to give students an opportunity to wear costumes in the annual costume parade around the school.  Crafts, music, and games are also provided throughout the evening.


    Winter Festival:  A Saturday morning event in December to give students an opportunity to purchase or make gifts for their family and friends.  We have crafts, drawings, OSHE music, and a special visitor in the library.


    Family Fun Nights:  This committee plans and coordinates events through the school year with local businesses.  For example; Papio Bowl, Creation Station, and Skate City are all family fun nights we have done in the past.


    Family Food Nights:  This committee plans and coordinates events throughout the school year with local restaurants.  For example; Culvers, Momma’s Pizza, Chili’s, and TX Roadhouse are all family food nights that we have done in the past.


    Bingo Night:  This is in coordination with our Basket Auction in the spring.  This committee plans and coordinates the pizza orders, serving the pizza and drinks, and coordinating the BINGO games that evening.




    Popcorn Fridays:  This committee provides popcorn to all the students and teachers at Portal on the first Friday of every month.


    T-shirts:  T-shirts are sold during the open house and orders also go out two to three times during the school year.  This committee would help organize the orders and work with Prime Time Sporting Goods.


    Yearbook:  This committee is a year-long commitment working with Ms. Darling and the Photo Journalism Club gathering photos during the school day and at the PTO events. 


    Scholarship:  This committee collects the Portal Scholarship applications from PLVHS and PLV South HS to select two recipients to receive a $500 scholarship.






    Classroom Parties:  As noted earlier, there are three parties each school year.  These volunteer hours are coordinated through the PTO Vice-President, Heather Welsh (hwelsh@cox.net).

    Scholastic Book Fair:  Scholastic Book Fairs are held twice each year in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences.  You can volunteer to help with setup and/or cashiering during the event.





    Marquee Sign: Changing the Portal Marquee in the front school yard based on the upcoming events (usually 2x a month).


    Bulletin Board:  Changing the PTO Bulletin Board in the front entry of Portal to reflect on-going or up-coming events at school.


    Website:  Be a liaison with PLV District office to keep our Portal website current with upcoming information and events.


    PTO Directory:  Input student data into a directory format for the upcoming, new school year.

    Information Coming Soon