Helping Hands at Van Meter

There are so many ways to join in the Van Meter community, from attending events, to helping in the classroom, to lending your ideas and time.  We welcome and encourage everyone to be apart of the team thinking, creating, and executing the events that power our community.
Tell us more about you!  What’s your talent? Do you like to throw a party or work on behind the scenes? Would you rather lead a team or be apart of a group?  Do you have time during the school day or would rather help with computer work at night after kids are in bed?
There is something for everyone, and we welcome whatever time you have to share.  Take a moment to let us know what you like to work on and how much time you may have to give.  Remember, the size of your volunteering role is up to you.  Feel free to contact us today with any questions.

Thank you for raising your hand… we value your help!  Go Bulldogs!

Schoolwide Events

Lend you hand with our largest events that bring together the entire community!

Event nameDescriptionEvent DateHelp neededEstimated time commitmentHSC Board Contact
Family Picnic and Movie Night

School-wide back to school event for the whole family, including food trucks, desert and a movie on the lawn.
August and SeptemberChair:
Matt Lyles

Dad’s Club hosted event

Chair: 1 hour/week in August and early September

Committee: day of event

Robyn Chen
Pumpkin PatchAnnual fun fall carnival for the whole familyOctoberChair: Christina Marinakis

Committee: Many volunteers needed for planning and day of event.

Chair: Summer preplanning, Fall execution

Committee: 1-4 hrs/week in September/ October

The WAGSuper fun adult evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and live auction to raise funds for Van MeterMarchChair: Kate Gude 1 additional co-chair needed; Many volunteers needed for committee and day of event.Desired 2-4 hrs/week in November & December, 10 hrs/week in January & FebruaryJessica

Coordinate the fair and assemblyFebruaryChair: Lisa Sinclair

Committee of event day volunteers and judges needed

Chair: 2 hours/week for 4 weeks

Committee: 2 hours week of event

Sueling Cho

Beloved all student walk, jog, run eventAprilChair:
Sara Krings

Committee: event day volunteers needed

Chairs: 4 hrs/week for 2 weeks

Committee:1-2 hrs day event


School & Classroom Opportunities

Connect directly with the kids, teachers or other parents through these beloved events and programs.

Event nameDescriptionEvent DateHelp neededEstimated time commitmentHSC Board Contact
Book FairFall and Spring Book Fair in school library where students & families are able to browse a variety of reading and other educational materials available for purchase.November & MarchCo-chair:
Leah Chun

Volunteers needed for event week

Clairs: 2 hrs/week for 4 weeks, 2X/year

Committee:1-2 hrs week of event

Box TopsEarn cash for you school by clipping box tops on common foods you already buy.Year roundChair:
Wendy Lewis
Contact chairs for details
Bulldog Players(4th & 5th grade ONLY) Van Meter’s yearly theater productionMarchChair: Nicole Morley, need a 4th grade parent to co-chair
Committee of volunteers needed
Chairs: 5 hours/week for 3 months; 10 hours/week in March

Committee: Parents of children in play commit to 20 hours.

Cathy Bannon
CASACASA teaches kids that they don’t need to drink or use drugs to have a good time or to deal with troubling issues.Year roundChair:
Jessica Bandy

Jessica Bandy
Classroom GardensPlant flower and vegetable gardens in front of classroomsYear RoundChair:
Pam Bond

Committee: Flexible commitment, contact chair for detailsRobyn Chen
Clay ProgramClay program of forming and glazing sessions for for k-5 students.Year roundCo-chairs:
Ellen O’Malley
Susan Duran

Classroom volunteers needed

Chairs: 2 hrs/week for the school year

Committee: 4 hrs throughout year

Sue Sweet
Dad’s ClubSocial and service group of fun Van Meter Dads.Year RoundChair:
Matt Lyles

Volunteers needed at special events throughout the year.
Cathy Bannon
Fresh Air FridaysChair:
Chris Ann Bartol
Robyn Chen
Fun ZoneParent led activities during lunch time to provide a safe zone for children who may feel lonely in a large group.Year roundChair:
Katherine George

Committee needed

Chair: 1 hour/week or more for the school year

Committee: 1 hour/week

Sueling Cho
Lego EngineeringYear roundChair:
Peter Olcott

Olga Montserrat
Math FunOrganize fun math games for Van Meter kids, assisted by Fisher Middle School KidsYear roundChair:
Marshall Freiman

Chair: 2 hours/month for the school yearOlga Montserrat
Math Olympiad(4th & 5th grade ONLY) Lead the student club and plan for national contestYear round4th Grade Chair Needed
5th Grade Chair:
Dimitra Giannapoulou &
Alexandra Mevissen

Committee Needed

Chair: 2 hours/month for the school year

Committee: 1 hour/month

Olga Montserrat
Parenting Continuum RepPromote noted speakers on parenting techniquesYear roundChair:
Janet Carmona
Jessica Bandy
Parents on CampusProvide student supervision on campus during the lunch hourYear roundChair:
Cherie Oliver;

Committee: many parent volunteers needed

Chair: 1 hour/week for the school year

Committee: 1-4 hour/month

Robyn Chen
Parent reading program teaching valuable social/emotional lessons through specially selected books and activities.Year roundCo-chairs:
Susan Freiman
Shuly Edwards

Classroom volunteers needed

Chairs: 1 hr/week for the school year

Committee: 2 hrs per month

Sueling Cho
Safe Routes to SchoolWork to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school.Year roundChair:
Sam Crisco
Contact VP Volunteering
for details
Robyn Chen
Spirit WearManage the Van Meter apparel sales businessYear roundCo-chair:
Maja Grabovac

One additional co-chair position open; volunteers needed to work booth at school events

Chair: 1 hr/wk for school yr

Committee: day of events

Cathy Bannon
Teacher’s luncheon hosted during lunch hour at school4 times/yearChair:
Jane Sumner

Committee of volunteers needed to bring potluck dishes

Chair: 2 hours every 2 months

Committee: 1 hour month

Robyn Chen
TechnologyOperate website, ecommerce store, Google Apps accountYear roundChair:
Sue Sweet

Committee of volunteers needed

1-2 hours/week for the school year; work can be done entirely from home, on your scheduleSue Sweet
YearbookCreate layout and content of the school yearbook, work with printer and communicate purchase to schoolYear roundCo-chairs:
Jamie Fumia and Suzie Louie

Volunteer needed for event photographer and classroom representatives.

Chair: 2 hours/week for the school year

Committee: 2 hours in spring for class page layout

Cathy Bannon