Volunteers are the backbone of a strong and successful school. Brennen is fortunate to have many dedicated parent volunteers, but there are numerous opportunities and we can always use more help. The best way for you to get to know the school, other families and the teachers is through volunteering. Our goal is for every parent to sign-up to help with at least one activity, fundraiser, event or position. You choose what fits your schedule and your interest.
For more information about volunteering at Brennen, contact Beth Morris.
Volunteer Position Descriptions
Year Long Volunteer Positions
Homeroom Parent – Coordinate class parties, events and gifts. Serve as class liaison between teacher and parents. Help recruit parent volunteers for school fundraisers and events. Coordinate with other parents for a class basket for the Annual Auction. Teachers will request volunteers to be Homeroom parents at the beginning of the school year. If you are interested, contact your child’s teacher.
Front Office Volunteer – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Front office volunteers serve as the first impression of Brennen. Volunteers assist the front office staff in greeting visitors, answering phones, checking students in and out, and answering parent questions. Training for the position is available and is the best way to get to know what’s happening at Brennen. It is one of our most vital volunteer positions.
Recycling – Work with student committees to coordinate and implement our school’s recycling environmental-friendly effort. Tuesdays from 12:45 to 1:45 PM. To assist this committee, please contact Diane Ryan.
Mentoring – Make a difference in a child’s education. Tutor a student 1 hour/week during school hours. Brennen is always looking for parents who can help enrich the education of our students. To serve as a mentor, please contact our Guidance Counselor, Diane Ryan.
School Store – Volunteer to work at the school store two mornings a week for 10-15 minutes in the PTO kitchen. A great job for carpool drivers and a great way to get to know students. Just 15 minutes of your time can start your day with a smile. If you are interested in this quick and easy volunteer position, please contact Elisabeth Gasparini and Lorri Potts.
Bulldog of the Month – Once a month. Congratulate those students who have been recognized for their behavior and the HET lifeskills. Assist with the coordination of Bulldog of the Month Parties. Set-up or distribute treats to students. To help with this, please contact our Guidance Counselor, Diane Ryan.
Bulldog Birthday – Once a month. Celebrate birthdays with our own Brennen Bulldogs. Assist with Bulldog Birthday Parties. Set-up and distribute treats to students. To help with this, please contact our Guidance Counselor, Diane Ryan.
Special Projects – Assist with any special needs of the school. This could include anything from helping maintain the outdoor classroom to sprucing up the school in preparation for a special visitor. To see how you can help out at school, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Helmly or Helen Griffin.
Standardized Testing Monitors – Fall and Spring 2 hour morning shifts – Monitor classrooms during fall and spring testing. To help with testing, contact Gera Singletary.
Reading Celebrations – Four times a year. Work with the Reading Specialists to congratulate and celebrate with students who have reached their Accelerated Reading goals. To help with Reading Celebrations, please contact our Reading Resource teacher, Debe Morrell.
Back to School Bash – Assist the co-chairs in putting on the first event of the year. The Back to School Bash is an evening event for students and parents to meet teachers, tour classrooms and drop off school supplies. Volunteer opportunities available next year.
Open House – Serve as hospitality coordinators to help parents during this evening event. Parents come to the school to hear teacher presentations about the current school year. The PTO members will be available with information about events, fundraising, committees and spirit wear.
Walk Your Child to School/Pastries for Parents – Serve as helpers for National event promoting health and wellness. Hand out water and snacks for walkers. Serve coffee, and granola bars for parents in cafeteria that morning.
Daddy-Daughter Dance – Enjoy a fabulous evening dancing with your daughter! Refreshments served. Have a sweet photo made to remember the night.
VIP Day – Serve as hospitality to grandparents and special friends who attend. Answer questions and give directions. Serve refreshments and donuts. Help with transportation around campus and guides throughout school.
4th/5th Grade Social – Serve as a parent chaperone for event, help with check-in and check-out, serve pizza and drinks.
Field Day – Help event chair with assisting speakers, supervising games, serving refreshments to kids.
5th Grade Promotion Ceremony – Work with 5th grade teacher committee to coordinate details for 5th grade promotion ceremony.
Scholastic Book Fair: Volunteers are needed to work each day of the Book Fair – working the cash register, replenishing books, helping students shop, cleaning area. Volunteer opportunities available next year. Event is held the week before Thanksgiving.
Family Bingo Night: A fun new event for Brennen with dinner and Bingo games for Brennen families. Help the event chairs plan the evenings details. Work at event. To help with this event, please contact Elisabeth Gasparini.
Auction: Brennen’s largest fund-raiser. Volunteers are needed to form committees to execute event details – location, catering, bar, publicity, entertainment, set-up/display. Volunteers help with securing corporate sponsorships and item donations (acquisitions), decorating the location, set-up and display of auction items.