Volunteering

The PTA helps coordinate and publicize volunteer needs that range from one-time brief tasks to year-long commitments. Without the thousands of hours contributed by students, staff, parents and other community members, Thurgood Marshall wouldn’t be the outstanding school it is.

If you have a special talent to contribute, let us know! OR, if you want to be called when need arises, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kimberlee Barber at volunteering@tmlink.org.

Note: The Seattle School District requires all volunteers to 1) Submit a completed Volunteer Application Form with background check prior to working with students, and 2) Complete a brief online course on Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention online at http://tiny.cc/asmsps. The application is available in the school office or online.

Typical Volunteer Opportunities

Many event-specific volunteer needs arise during the school year and are publicized through Pup Press and social media. Below are a few examples of other opportunities.

  • LUNCHROOM ASSISTANCE
  • ‘ON-CALL’ FIELD TRIP HELP
  • PARKING LOT FLOW DIRECTORS
  • CLASS REPS
  • PTA POSITIONS
  • EVENT LEADS and CO-LEADS

LUNCHROOM ASSISTANCE Join kids at the tables to model ideal conduct; help with PIN input and serving to move the lines faster; prep in the kitchen; help clean up after each shift of students. Email Manager Kim Echols: kiechols@seattleschools.org. (If your preference is to hang out with kids, just show up after signing in at the office).

‘ON-CALL’ FIELD TRIP HELP Needed when a class is short of chaperones. Email Hazel Patu at hjpatu@seattleschools.org. Be sure to have completed the District’s full volunteer registration process.

PARKING LOT FLOW DIRECTORS If you drive your student to or from school, you know why we need this! Please contact Ms. Storlie or Ms. May to coordinate.

CLASS REPS Does your child’s classroom have one? If not, step up! Most duties involve email communication to other parents in your student’s room. Email: volunteering@tmlink.org.

PTA POSITIONS Rewarding opportunities that make a huge difference to our school, for example: Communications C0-Chair, Arts Liaison, Legislative Advocacy Chair. Job descriptions available for most posts. Most options can be shared with another volunteer! To learn more (no obligation!), email pta@tmlink.org.

EVENT LEADS and CO-LEADS The PTA mounts or helps lead many events, including fall potlucks, spring picnics, the Fall Dance, Pancake Breakfast & Art Walk, Game Night, BINGO Night, TM at the Mariners Night, Staff Appreciation Week, Field Day and the 5th-Grade Promotion Ceremony.

Didn’t see something you’d like to do? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kimberlee Barber at volunteering@tmlink.org to be added to her opportunities e-list.

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Communications Team

The PTA Communications Team produces and distributes Pup Press (TM’s weekly newsletter), creates PTA e-blasts, updates this website, creates fliers, reaches out on the PTA Bulletin Board and outdoor Message Center, and more.  Communications Chair (Cliff Meyer in 2016-17) collaborates …

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