Volunteering

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Fulton Elementary School. Whether you are parent or guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor, or friend, we value your support of our school. 

Fundraising Committee Chair

The FES PTA is looking for a volunteer to be the Fundraising Chairperson. The Fundraising Chair plans and organizes fundraising activities at Fulton Elementary. We do not currently have a major fundraiser planned and are open to all suggestions. Please contact FES PTA President, Coretta Bennett, for more information or to nominate yourself for this position.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair

The FES PTA is looking for a volunteer to be the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair.  The Co-Chair position is shared among three individuals, and in conjunction with the PTA, will support the school's initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion education. 

A few examples of these initiatives include:

  1. Promoting global citizenship for all students
  2. Enhancing the curriculum
  3. Celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion
  4. Providing educational and informational sessions for Fulton Elementary parents and guardians

Please contact FES PTA President, Coretta Bennett, for more information or to nominate yourself for this position. 


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

The following list is an example of programs that use volunteers throughout the year. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact the FES PTA President at president@fespta.org.

**Please note this is only for schoolwide activities. Your child's teacher or room parent have a separate form for volunteering for classroom activities.

Ongoing

General Volunteer: Sign up to be a volunteer on an as needed basis throughout the year. The volunteer coordinator will use this list of people when the school is in need for someone for a specific event or if there is a last minute cancellation i.e., hearing and vision screening, distributing spirit wear.

After School Programs: This person is responsible for extracurricular programs that occur after the school day, i.e., Drama Kids, Girls on the Run, etc.

Cultural Arts: This person is responsible for coordinating cultural arts events that occur during the school day, i.e., Mad Science.

Green School: This person is responsible for ensuring that Fulton retains its "Green" certification. In addition, they organize and facilitate environmental programs throughout the year.

Health and Safety: Assist the school nurse with ongoing programs regarding health and safety. For example, hearing and vision screenings. 

Hospitality: This person helps with events throughout the year, such as the annual teacher luncheon during parent/teacher conferences, greeting guests during Grandparents Day, etc. Check the SignUp Genius throughout the year for volunteer needs.

Media: Assist the media department with ongoing needs in the library, i.e., reshelving books.

Music: Assist the music department with the concerts that are held in the spring and fall. This includes distributing programs, assisting with setup and clean up, and supervising students during the actual concerts.

Specific Events/Programs

Note: These are listed in chronological order

School Directory: This person is responsible for the publication of the annual school directory. PTA Coordinator: info@fespta.org

Spirit Wear: This person is responsible for identifying a vendor, creating spirit wear order forms, collecting forms and ordering gear, and then ensuring that all orders are distributed to students. PTA Coordinator: spiritwear@fespta.org.

Fall Festival: This fun family event sponsored by the PTA that is held on the school grounds on a Friday night in October every fall. There typically are games, crafts, prizes, moon bounce, and rock climbing.

Book Fair: The book fair provides students and parents an opportunity to purchase books at reasonable prices.

Halloween Parade and Parties: On (or about) October 31, students are invited to participate in a school Halloween parade.

Turkey Trot/Food Drive: Part run, part food drive. This event always takes place the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Students promote health by running a set course and collecting points for their team. School Coordinator: Kaitlin Howell.

Holiday Shoppe: Each year in late November/early December a shop is set up featuring inexpensive presents that students may purchase for their family members for the holidays. The shop is open during the school day at recess and one evening for purchases.

Holiday/Winter Parties: Each year on the last day before Winter Break students have a holiday party with crafts and festivities in their individual classrooms. Contact your child's room parent to get information on volunteering for the party (setup, clean up, bringing food, assisting with the party, etc.).

International Night: Each year a group of parents and staff organize the FES International Night which celebrates the many cultures at FES. The evening includes displays, performances, a Parade of Nations, etc. This event is always held in February. Parent Coordinators: internationalnight@fespta.org.

Valentine's Day: Each year on Valentine's Day students exchange cards and then have a party with crafts and festivities in their individual classrooms. Contact your child's room parent to get information on volunteering for the party (setup, clean up, bringing food, assisting with the party, etc.). 

Ecology Month: New in 2015, Ecology month includes various activities to learn about the environment and conserving the Earth's natural resources.

Jump Rope 4 Heart: Each April, students support the American Heart Association in this day long event. The children jump rope and take pledges to raise funds and get fit at the same time. Each grade participates during their related arts period. School Coordinators: Kaitlin Howell and Casey Geyer.

Simulated Congressional Hearing: This is part of a Howard County Public School System’s annual elementary school social studies program -- We The People Simulated Congressional Hearings. The   hearings are the capstone for the fifth grade social studies curriculum in which students study American historical, political and constitutional issues. During the mock hearings, students testify, as expert witnesses, to demonstrate their understanding of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students are judged by a panel comprised of public officials, community representatives, constitutional scholars, parents, and state and local curriculum experts who sit as a congressional committee holding public hearings within each participating school. This event is usually held in May.  School Coordinator: Rebecca Otte.

Fulton Finery: Each year in May, Fulton celebrates student accomplishments with an enrichment fair.The finery is a display of student work.

Field Day: Each year in May, Fulton hosts a field day. Students have fun and learn about fitness.  Many activities promoting fitness including the Monster Run, games, team events, relays and more! Email for more information: Kaitlin Howell or Casey Geyer, PE Teachers. PTA Coordinator: fieldday@fespta.org.

Space/STEM Day: Space/STEM Day is held every year in the spring. This day long event features activities, speakers, movie and hands on projects exploring topics about our universe. The program connects with Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) curriculum. School Coordinators: Kim Butler or Amy Ciliberti, Fulton Teacher PTA Coordinator: spaceday@fespta.org.

Kindergarten Celebration: Each year parents are invited to a casual celebration for kindergartners. This typically is held in June. Check with your room parent and/or classroom teacher for more details.  

5th Grade Promotion/End of Year Party: Each year parents are invited to a 5th Grade promotion (graduation) celebration. This typically is held in June. Check with your room parent and/or classroom teacher for more details.