Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Scroll down to see volunteer information on: * Soliciting Corporate Donations * Kindergarten/1st Grade Mentor Family * Healthy Snack Tables * Mabel's Labels Captain * PTO Classroom Liaison
Soliciting Corporate Donations/Sponsorships - All Year Commitment Level: Light to Medium Number of Coordinators Needed: At least one - but the more the merrier. Responsibilities:
This person (these people) would coordinate with the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer and/or the people organizing specific events.
The NFS PTO counts on corporate sponsorships/donations to help support our programs. For example, ClearChoice MD has made donations in support of our healthy snack initiatives. We also solicit donations from JetBlue and the Portsmouth Sheraton Lawn Fete silent auction. The person or people who have the gift of gab and would be willing to take this on would be responsible for seeking corporate donations for the following events:
BEGINNING ASAP - But in earnest in January - Lawn Fete - Silent Auction Prizes - large and small - a mani-pedi or a piece by a local artist could be auctioned off for as much as or more than a dinner at the Wentworth. You never know…
Sponsorships of ongoing programs - such as our healthy snack tables (These can cost upwards of $2,000 a year.) ClearChoice MD has been generous, but we’d also like to make a connection with Whole Foods.
Wreath Donations at the Holidays - Hannaford has generously donated 50 wreaths the last two years for the 5th grade Wreath Decorating fundraiser - it is a huge hit! But we may need a new source, or a very persuasive person to ask Hannaford again.
Gift Card donations for prizes during Teacher Appreciation Week, and other general donations.
Donations of Goods and Services - like coffee, tea, pastries, luncheon foods for Teacher Appreciation Week and other events.
Sponsorships for 5th grade Ecology School and other field trips - Buses and entrance fees for all field trips are supported by PTO fundraising. Sponsors for the Squam Lake 4th grade trip, Music Hall shows for grades K-2, and the 5th Grade Boston trip, would be very helpful. 5th Grade Ecology School in Maine is the largest field trip expense, at $10,000. Any corporate support we can get is greatly appreciated. Companies might sponsor one student’s trip, or make a general donation. Transportation is a large part of the budget for E-School . C&J has donated buses to take the kids there in style in the past, and we’d like to get that going again.
Contact the Assistant Treasurer to make any deposits, and to send out receipts for Donors. **All donations to the NFS PTO are tax-deductible.**
Kindergarten/1st Grade Mentor Family Commitment Level: Light to Medium Number of Mentor Families Needed: 1 per incoming K and 1 family Responsibilities: 1. Mentor families will be given a K-1 family’s name and contact info. Reach out to welcome the family to NFS 2. Reach out when there is a big event coming up to make sure they’re in the know. (Like, arrive early at Holiday Concert for good parking!) 3, Generally be a touchstone/familiar, friendly face to answer any nuts and Bolts questions about navigating the NFS and Portsmouth Schools experience.
Healthy Snack Tables Commitment Level: Light to Medium (Light if split 2 or 3 ways, Medium if taken on by one person) Number of Coordinators Needed: 1-3 Responsibilities:
Weekly or Bi-Weekly - Contact the teacher coordinators for the snack tables and see what is most popular. These teachers were Ben Phinney (K) and Celine Henderson (4) in 2020-2021.
Weekly or Bi-weekly - Shop and drop off snacks at the front office.
Keep receipts and submit them to the Assistant Treasurer for reimbursement. (An emailed photo or paper copy is sufficient.)
We have set a budget of $2,000 for this program for 2021-2022, which is approximately $50 per school week.
Mabel’s Labels Fundraising Captain - Ongoing Commitment Level: Light Number of Coordinators Needed: 1 Responsibilities: 1. Maintain the Mabel’s Labels fundraising account online - and keep promotional materials updated 2. Join the Fundraising Captain’s page on Facebook. 3. Forward promotions and sale information to the Social Media Coordinator 4. Contact Mabel’s Labels for paper promotional materials as necessary
Classroom/Grade Level PTO Liaison - Ongoing Commitment Level: Light Number of Liaisons Needed: 1 per class if possible, 1 per grade level - minimum Responsibilities: 1. Get a class or grade level email list - this can either come from classroom teachers, Mrs. Kumph in the front office, or the PTO 2. Disseminate PTO information to classes/grades over email. - Basically - someone from the board or an event coordinator will send you an email. You can either send it as-is, or personalize it as necessary for your class/grade level and then send it to the class or grade level you have been assigned. 3. Be the contact person for your child’s class or grade level in regards to PTO events
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