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Opportunities to Volunteer

Why Volunteering Matters

We can’t envision Peninsula without parental involvement, which follows a cherished and time-honored tradition begun almost a century ago. The gift of parents’ time allows Peninsula to offer more opportunities to students, to provide more support for teachers and staff and to reduce overall costs for the operation of the school. The various opportunities for parents to volunteer range from reading in a classroom to leading a parent event!

 

We are appreciative of the Parents of Peninsula, POP, our parent-led Council, which devotes its time and energies to support the parent experience and help engage everyone in the volunteer opportunities and parent events throughout the year.

 

If you have questions or want to find a way to become involved contact: pop@peninsulaschool.org.

 

Volunteering at Parent Events

The three annual parent-led events—Craft Fair, Auction and Spring Fair—are important opportunities to celebrate and support our school. These events allow parents to showcase their talents and skills, to share their time and creativity, and to demonstrate to our children the importance of participating in our community. It is during these events that parents recognize that not only have their children joined a school, but they themselves have become part of the Peninsula family.

 

Craft Fair

The Craft Fair is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season, featuring musical performances, a kids’ crafting area and a variety of local artisans (including Peninsula community members and students) selling jewelry, clothing, assorted crafts, food items and artwork. Fabulous homemade soups and desserts are available in our Craft Fair café. Jobs include decorating, serving at the café, coordinating vendors and much more.

 

Contact: craftfair@peninsulaschool.org

 

Auction & Community Celebration

The school’s largest annual fundraiser is a fun, adult-only community gathering which celebrates much of what makes Peninsula unique. Featured are a wide array of party offerings, unique travel packages, services and one-of-a-kind experiences offered by members of our school community. Parents participate by donating items, underwriting costs, purchasing tickets, volunteering and bidding generously on the auction. In addition, there’s Fund a Need (a.k.a.: Raise Your Paddle)—an opportunity to donate to a special need identified by the school. Jobs include: Promotion, gift solicitation, party planning, and so much more!

 

Contact: auction@peninsulaschool.org

 

Spring Fair

The longest standing and most widely attended community event at Peninsula School offers an array of musical and dance performances, food booths, a used book sale, hands-on activities and demonstrations, storytelling, craft-making, rock-climbing and much more. Current families, prospective families, alumni and neighbors join this festive celebration. Jobs include: food booth preparation, kids craft coordination, rocket launching and more!

 

Contact: springfair@peninsulaschool.org

 

 

Other Ways to Volunteer

In addition to the work jobs at the three parent events, parents can also participate in many other ways at the school. Whether this is being in charge of the yearly Plate Project fundraiser, coordinating the Lost & Found, organizing events for new parents, or coordinating the end of the year staff lunch, the year is full of great opportunities to support Peninsula School.

 

Contact: pop@peninsulaschool.org

 

Class Support

Parents are a welcome and invited presence in students’ class experience. Parents typically participate by reading to the class, sharing their expertise or passion, joining specific class events, and driving and chaperoning field trips. The opportunities for classroom or field trip support are coordinated with each class teacher.

 

Contact: your child’s teacher or Class Rep

 

BusyFingers

BusyFingers is a cooperative crafting community that supports Peninsula School. Participate by crafting with us, donating supplies or appreciating and buying our products at the Craft Fair and Front Porch Sales! No special skills are required to craft with us. We are always ready to help teach crafting skills to newcomers. We sew, knit, crochet, design and make stuff. Our motto is "If you can open a safety pin, you can be a BusyFinger!" 100% of proceeds from sales are donated to Peninsula School. BusyFingers has contributed more than $150,000 over its 20 years of creativity! Meetups and donation requests are announced in Hot News.

 

Contact: busyfingers@peninsulaschool.org
or visit us at
Busyfingers of Peninsula School on Facebook

 

 

 

Opportunities

TO VOLUNTEER

DECEMBER

Craft Fair — Dec 3, 2017

 

MARCH

Auction and
Community Celebration

Fund a Need (a.k.a. Raise Your Paddle)
March 17, 2018

 

MAY

Spring Fair — May 6, 2018

 

Contact Us

pop@peninsulaschool.org

PENINSULA SCHOOL

920 PENINSULA WAY, MENLO PARK, CA 94025

Tel: 650-325-1584  •  info@peninsulaschool.org

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