Thank you for your interest in volunteering! It’s because of involved parents like YOU that our PTO is able to support the school and plan FUN events for students!! We have several opportunities throughout the school year to volunteer such as: donating an item for an event, working a shift or two at the book fair, helping during a social event like Bingo or the Sock Hop, or counting money after a fundraiser. Signing up to volunteer is easy…simply click on the SignUp.com (formerly VolunteerSpot, same site) link on our website to see what is available. We will also communicate volunteer opportunities through emails and Facebook posts.
Our current leadership positions are as follows. Please contact Horizon PTO if you have questions or would like more information. Thank you!
OPEN: Fundraising Committee: This committee is active in the fall coordinating Horizon’s Walk-A-Thon. We are in need of a committee to help coordinate this very fun and important PTO event.
OPEN: Homeroom Parent: 1-2 volunteers per classroom. These parents volunteer to help with communication between the classroom teacher and other parents in the class who would like to help/donate items. They regularly check-in with teachers to see if they have any needs for classroom materials or help in the classroom. Look for a sign-up sheet at Meet the Teacher right before school starts.
OPEN: Hospitality: This is the “party” committee. PTO sponsors many events to show the Horizon Staff our appreciation. This committee plans staff treats and staff meals on conference nights. The committee chairs plan the events, but many volunteers can help with the details, such as donating food items or set-up. At least one member of the committee needs to be available during the day.
Please feel free to read through the rest of these committee descriptions to get an idea of all the wonderful work Horizon PTO does throughout the school year! There will be opportunities to help with many of these committees and events throughout the year!
All School Picture: This person coordinates a photographer, helps choose the design, collects poster orders, and coordinates the all school picture. This takes place shortly after school starts.
Book Drive: This chairperson plans a book drive which takes place leading up to and during our fall book fair. Students donate books to an area school in need. Responsibilities include communication with that school’s principal, promotion of the event, collecting and sorting books, and organizing delivery by students from Horizon who have been recognized for outstanding behavior.
Book Fair: Book Fair is scheduled during parent teacher conferences in the fall and spring. Co-chairs coordinate with Scholastic to plan, decorate, and run the fair. A lot of volunteers are needed to help out at one or more shifts during the fair. At least one of the chairs needs to be available during the day.
Character Counts T-Shirts: The chair works with the Horizon office on the design of the t-shirt. They collect orders from each student, place order, and assist in delivery of the shirts to the students. The planning takes place during the summer with delivery of the shirts soon after school starts.
Educational Rebates: This committee collects box tops and Tyson labels. They are trimmed and mailed in for substantial rebate income. The committee advertises contests in the fall and spring. They announce and reward the winning classes. This committee is active in October and February. Many volunteers help cut and count box tops.
Field Day: This committee is responsible for coordinating volunteers for Horizon’s Field Day, held in the spring. This event resembles a mini Olympics, is promoted through our Physical Education Department, and is attended by all students and staff. This committee is active in the spring. Many volunteers are needed the day that Field Day is held. Great opportunity to spend a morning, afternoon, or an entire day with Horizon students outside!
5th Grade Graduation: This committee is typically made up of 4th and 5th grade parents. They come together to plan a field trip and memory book for our 5th graders. It is also a great opportunity for the 4th grade parents to learn what needs to be done the next year. This committee starts working on the graduation in early spring.
Homeroom Parent Coordinator: This person organizes and communicates with homeroom parents. They get the signup sheets for the teachers to put out during Open House and Meet the Teacher. Planning for this happens at the end of the summer. Once school has started the time commitment is minimal.
Horizon Gardens: This committee maintains the outdoor classrooms and gardens at Horizon. If you like to garden and be outdoors this committee is for you!
Milk and Cookies for Seniors: This person organizes an event recognizing graduating seniors who have attended Horizon Elementary. Seniors visit Horizon to reminisce and share a snack with past teachers. Responsibilities include invitations and getting the word out, planning food and decorations, and carrying out the event (usually in May).
Original Works: The art program offers student artwork made into a variety of gifts. All proceeds directly benefit the art department at Horizon. Committee chairs coordinate and promote the sale, mail in artwork and orders, and process deliveries. There needs to be at least one member of the committee that can be at school during the day. This committee is usually active in spring.
Social Committee: This committee plans, decorates, and oversees the Horizon Sock Hop/Dance in the fall, hosts a Bingo night in the spring, and skate parties throughout the year. They are always open to new ideas to get our Horizon families and students together! Volunteers are often needed to donate items or help work a shift at the parties.
Spiritwear: This committee works with an apparel company to coordinate the design, sale, and delivery of spirit items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, hats, etc. This committee is active throughout the year; there is sometimes a sale table at parent-teacher conferences.
Summer Reading Splash: This committee promotes reading through our Summer Splash contest. Students are challenged to read over the summer with prizes awarded for their efforts. Responsibilities of this committee include distribution and collection of reading logs, tallying of results, awarding of prizes, and coordinating the staff dunk tank for top readers. This committee also visits the Scholastic Warehouse Sale to purchase books used as rewards. This committee is primarily active in the fall right after school starts.
Wish Tree: The chair works with teachers to find out what their classroom needs are. Then they post the items to teacherlists.com and update as needed. This is something that can be done from the comfort of your own home!
Yearbook: This committee creates the Horizon Yearbook. Most of the work is completed online, so computer experience is helpful. Some photography is required, depending on the number of photo donations received. Personal or school camera may be used. This committee is active occasionally throughout the year. At least one member needs to be available during the school day. The committee is primarily busy during March.