Volunteer

Our volunteers are an important part of the Decatur High School experience. There are many ways to give of your time and talents, no matter how much of each you have to share!

Please contact the committee chair below if you are interested in volunteering for a specific committee or event.   Scroll to the bottom of the page for descriptions of the committees and to view current needs for volunteers across the PTSA.

2019-20 Leadership

Position Member
President Ginny Parler
Vice President Janine Kupersmith
Secretary Mark Rivera
Treasurer Steve Bloom
Academic Support Georgina Goebel
Libby Egnor
Denise Burfield
Kamina Pinder
Monika Sharma
Annual Fund Karen Horace
Andrea Benin
Oliver Stepe
Class Parent Coordinator Janine Kupersmith
Brandy McClarin
Communications Natalie Snedden
Elizabeth Kuka
Cultural Arts Megan Johnson
Decatur Parents’ Network (DPN) Eric Tumperi
Jennifer Walcott
DEF/PTA Council Representative Scott Tewell
DHS 101 Anne Dishman
Grants Allison Taylor
Membership Suzanne Knap
Passive Fundraising Suzanne Knap
Student Volunteer Hours Meredith McCoyd
School Dance Ginny Parler – Committee Chair
Lindee Morgan – Entertainment Chair
Judith Tribe – Food Chair
Katie Nowakowski – Decorations Chair
Sandra Maffey – Volunteer Chair
SLT Representative Rachel Elliott
Hospitality/Teacher Appreciation Sara Joiner
Carla Daniels
Claire Toole
Volunteer Coordinator OPEN – Need Volunteer

Committee Descriptions

Function:
  • To promote, facilitate and recognize academic achievement at Decatur High School, supporting all of our students to succeed
  • Making it cool to make good grades (we love new ideas!)
Specific Help Needed:
  • Committee Co-Contact to learn the ropes and share duties with the current Contact
  • Meeting Secretary – for monthly committee meetings
  • Contacts and Staff for various events including, Top Dog Luncheons, Honor Roll Drawings, Academic Achievement Banquet, Guidance Dept. College Trips, College Fair, College Jamboree, Thank-A-Teacher Tables, Exam Proctors
Function:
  • To provide a central point of coordination for the class parents
Specific Help Needed:
  • Parent(s) for each class to coordinate parent volunteers for Homecoming float building and other class-specific activities
  • Parent(s) for each class to assist with Decatur Parent Network building (see Decatur Parents Network below)

Function:

  • Communicating to parents and teachers about DHS and PTSA activities via PTSA website, weekly eNews publications, flyers, and newsletters
Function:
  • Share regular updates with PTSA on DHS Performing Arts Association activities & upcoming events
  • Providing support for the organiztion and teachers involved with cultural arts
  • Providing support for other DHS-sponsored cultural events

Function:

  • Engage and organize all City of Decatur parents and our community at large to create a communications infrastructure, identify learning and helping resources, and work with parents, teens, and local organizations to create positive, fun, supervised activities across Decatur for our youth.  More info > Decatur Parents Network

Specific Help Needed:

  • Communications assistance
  • Class Parent Leaders
  • Positive, fun activities coordination
  • Chaperones

Function:

  • Represent the DHS PTSA on the DEF PTA Council of City of Decatur Schools
    • Attend monthly meetings of both the council & PTSA
    • Provide input in DEF council meetings as representative of the PTSA
  • Provide regular updates following DEF council meetings to PTSA board to improve awareness of COD PTSA initiatives, activities, and opportunities to work together to support our families and communities
Function:

  • Establishing and promoting an Annual Giving Campaign and soliciting contributions
  • Research and recommend fundraising activities to board for approval/support
  • Oversee execution of approved fundraisers
  • Prepare monthly committee report for council meetings

Specific Help Needed:

  • Fundraising captains: energetic individuals who are willing to reach out to members of the DHS community to solicit and procure funds
  • Winter Mixer Event Planning support person needed to identify community partner for catering, entertainment, etc.

Function:

  • Coordinate DHS 101 event for new students at the beginning of the school year.
  • Provide input on budget needs for event

Specific Help Needed:

  • 2020 chair needed to coordinate this event
  • Volunteers to provide food – and help with set-up/clean
  • Volunteers to staff the information table for PTSA at the event – membership/annual fund / teacher appreciation & supply closet

Function:

  • Reviewing PTSA grant applications and disbursing grant budget to school clubs and activities
  •  Lead and manage grant process
    • Work with school staff to determine areas to prioritize
    • Track payments of grants and provide ongoing reports to board on status
  • Provide input into annual budget
  • Prepare committee report for council meetings when necessary

Specific Help Needed:

  • Assist in reviewing PTSA grant applications two or three times a year – group works primarily via email
Function:

  • Encourage parents & teachers to join the PTSA
  • Help staff the PTSA tables at various school-wide events
  • Manage membership list and submit GA PTA forms to keep our chapter dues current

Specific Help Needed:

  • Help staff the PTSA membership table at selected PTSA and school-wide events

Function:

  • Manage passive donation sources >  Amazon Smile, Kroger Community Rewards, Publix Partners Cards.
  • Ensure accounts are active and access transfers as chair changes year to year
  • Develop regular communication on how parents can support PTSA thru passive fundraising and provide updates to communications and website leads
  • Seek new opportunities within community as they emerge

Function:

  • Work with faculty advisor & Student Government council (SGA) to set dates of dances
    • Homecoming in fall (October)
    • Winter dance in February
  • Oversee decor, refreshments, volunteers, safety of students, rules
  • Schedule entertainment – DJ, performers, photo booth, etc.
  • Work with volunteer coordination committee to ensure adequate staffing
  • Follow all finance committee procedures
  • Prepare committee report for council meetings when necessary

Specific Help Needed:

  • Provide “night of” support (e.g., chaperones)

Function:

  • Represent the DHS PTSA on the SLT
    • Attend monthly meetings of both the SLT & PTSA
    • Provide input in SLT meetings as representative of the PTSA
  • Provide regular updates following the SLT meetings to PTSA board to improve awareness of SLT initiatives, key focus areas, and opportunities to collaborate to support the faculty, staff and families of DHS
  • Act as voice of SLT priorities at PTSA meetings

Function:

  • Lead the communication, collection and entry of the student community service volunteer hours at DHS
  • Work with head of counseling department to refine process
  • NEW: Gather & communicate volunteer opportunities for student body
    • Create centralized information source for volunteer opportunities
    • Draft communications for eBlast & website to regularly share updates on volunteer opportunities

Specific Help Needed:

  • Communications assistant to work with volunteer coordinator to summarize volunteer opportunities for students and send summary, picture, links, etc to eBlast lead & webmaster
Function:

  • Providing treats and motivators for teachers on special occasions
  • Recruiting parent volunteers to support the various appreciation & recognition events
  • Provide regular updates on upcoming appreciation events to communications for eBlast inclusion
  • Provide inputs for annual budget and committee reports on monthly basis
  • NEW – Leadership of Teacher Supply Closet (2019)
    • Work with Principal to identify process to gather teacher supply needs
    • Communicate current needs and collect supplies or donations
    • Stock and maintain the supply closet

Specific Help Needed:

  • Volunteers to provide food – and help with set-up/clean-up – for staff/teacher appreciation and other events throughout the year

Community partners interested in working with us to support the teachers & faculty through discounts, donations, etc.

Function:

  • Work with President & Vice President to coordinate all staffing needs for PTSA open positions and committee support needs
  • Actively recruit volunteers from DHS parent & student community
  • Maintain list of volunteers across events for end of year volunteer recognition & party
  • Work with committees to ensure adequate staffing for all events and programs
  • Prepare committee report for council meetings when necessary

Specific Help Needed:

  • This position is currently open and a parent volunteer is needed
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