There are oh so many ways you can volunteer to support the students, teachers and staff at Hawthorne. Let us know how you'd like to help by emailing, or checking the box(es) that match your interest(s) when you join the PTA.


  • Walkathon - Plan and execute a whole-school event that raises both school spirit and funds as  the Teacher Liaison, Communications Lead, or as a Volunteer Coordinator. Other opportunities to help: online donations, insurance/permitting, or sponsorship/incentives.

  • Auction - The money raised at this event makes a huge impact at our school; join us by procuring items, decorating the venue, helping with data entry, selling tickets or coordinating the food and drinks. Possible tasks include item procurement, data entry, and selling tickets.

  • Playground - Build new connections with local businesses to help bring resources to Hawthorne by joining the Fundraising Team or join the Planning Team to help coordinate quarterly volunteer work parties for our new playground redesign.

  • Phoenix Fund - Help us create a monthly giving program to supplement our other two main fundraisers: the Walkathon and Auction.

  • Everyday Fundraising - Coordinate our PCC scrip card program, promote Amazon Smile and other everyday ways to raise money for Hawthorne while you shop.


  • Room Reps - Develop a relationship with your child’s teacher to identify the best ways you and other parents can support him/her. Coordinate communications with other families in your child’s classroom (usually via email or text). Spread the word about field trip help, snack donations, school events, teacher gifts, birthday parties, etc.

  • Garden - Cultivate a love of gardening with our students by volunteering to plant or water the garden, or chaperone classrooms when they visit.

  • Teacher Appreciation - Organize and recruit volunteers to spoil our beloved teachers and staff; previous plans included a catered luncheon, coffee cart, rootbeer floats, a day of sweets and snacks.

  • After-school enrichment committee - Help bring fun, enriching classes to Hawthorne as part of after-school enrichment. We need volunteers to hep contact vendors, assist with online registration, and to sign students in and out of classes at Hawthorne for 1.5 hours after school Mondays and Wednesdays

  • Disney Set Building - Use your design and building skills to ensure our springtime Disney Musicals in Schools production is a hit.

  • Family Support -Lend a hand and support our families by handing out Friday Food Bags to students, sorting clothing, organizing the Lost and Found.

  • PTA Nominations - Join the nominating committee in early Spring to work with current FOH leaders to advertise and recruit our next group of fearless FOH PTA leaders.

  • School Supplies - Gather supply lists from staff, consolidate and order supplies, sort and distribute supplies (this is a project that begins in the Spring and ends the last week of August).

  • 5th Grade Graduation -This is the perfect opportunity for a group of friends (2-4) to work together to celebrate our 5th graders moving to middle school by coordinating with a designated 5th grade teacher to plan decorations, buy supplies, make lemonade, and pass out donuts.


  • Field Trips - Chaperone field trips to museums, parks and other out-of-class learning adventures.

  • Walkathon - Cheer and walk alongside our students as they raise money for our school.

  • Disney Musicals In Schools - Assist with bi-weekly rehearsals, organizing sets, costumes and props, and backstage support for performances (daytime assemblies and evening shows)

  • Black History Month Assembly - Welcome families by being a greeter, hosting a PTA table, serving food, or promote the event by making posters.

  • Book Fair - Help students choose books, or assist with the payment and check-out process at our wildly popular Book Fair.

  • Field Day - Chaperone students as they walk from school to the park or run a game station (sack race, basketball, face painting, etc.)

  • Other day time school events include our annual Black History Month Assembly in February and our springtime Scholastic Book Fair at school and online.


  • Assist school staff in setting up, serving food, and other tasks at FOH-sponsored events such as Dia De Los Muertos; Literacy, Health, and Fitness Night; Multicultural Night

  • End-of-Year Dance - Help us celebrate the end of the year by offering to set-up tables, run the popcorn machine, scoop ice cream, or be part of the clean up crew.


  • Reading Support - Help students improve their reading skills and confidence.

  • Library - Support our Librarian with categorizing and organizing books.

  • Art Room - Assist our Art Teacher and keep the creativity flowing by refilling supplies, and helping students with unfamiliar concepts or materials.