Say, "Yes, I Will!"
Do you have an interest or talent you would like to share?
Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA could use you!!
Would you be interested in participating at the council level? We are always looking for individuals to help on SMAC committees and the board.
Tell us about your interests and background, because we would love to have your help in advocating for all children in our district!
Be an MVP!
There are two types of volunteer groups as distinguished by the areas in which they may be working or the tasks with which they are assisting.
MVPs, identified as Tier I, volunteer in a capacity in which they have direct contact with students, either individually or in groups. Examples may include tutor, mentor, or classroom assistant, etc.
The other volunteer group, identified as Tier II, volunteers essentially in one-time, group supervised settings, or non-student contact capacity. Examples may include: daytime field trip chaperone, classroom party volunteer, front office/copy center volunteer, bulletin board or classroom material volunteer, committee volunteer, etc.
Tier I MVP volunteers complete an application (available online), attend a short training that touches on important areas including standards of conduct, importance of maintaining confidentiality, etc., acknowledge they
have received the training by signing the standards of conduct, and complete a fingerprint background screen. Volunteers are screened and trained free of charge.
Tier II MVP volunteers are coordinated directly at the school through the general visitor process. The district has implemented visitor management systems at each building in the district. These systems will do basic screenings for anyone coming into the building.
What does this mean to PTA? PTA members and volunteers will follow the same guidelines outlined by the district during the school day. This means any situation involving interaction with students and members is to be reviewed, by the Building Administrator, to determine whether or not the activity is as a Tier I or Tier II volunteer. If the event is after school hours, it is up to the PTA to determine whether or not screening would be appropriate. Some examples where screening would be recommended are club leaders such as HiP team or green team, Spanish club, and Running club volunteers who may be with students unsupervised.
For further information, including MVP Training schedules, please visit SMSD website.
Get a Jump Start on Fall Volunteering!
Visit https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=2106446739 to fill out the MVP application today.
That way, when the Fall training sessions start, you will already have the first step done!
Volunteer at the Clothing Exchange
The Clothing Exchange is made possible with SMSD PTA volunteers, in addition to monetary donations. It is staffed 100%, by volunteer parents and families within our district, and each PTA Unit in the district donates money to be used to buy new underwear and socks.
Sort donations -- Hang donations -- Assist shoppers
Each PTA Unit has an assigned volunteer day; however, anyone is welcome to volunteer more often! Elementary schools are assigned from 8:30-11:00am. Middle school and High school are assigned evening shifts from 4:30-7:00pm. (See link to schedule of dates above.)
Tips for volunteering:
Arrive 30 minutes before shopping area opens.
Elementary schools - send 4 volunteers.
Middle School - 4 volunteers. If sending students, please ensure one adult for every 2 students.
High School - send 4 volunteers .
It is the responsibility of the volunteers to make arrangements for substitutes.
Do you know of a group needing service hours or interested in a tour? Contact:
Clothing Exchange Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org