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It Takes a Village

Parent and community volunteers are integral to our school’s success. From working with students, to beautifying the grounds, to fundraising, to offering enrichment opportunities and special events, our school would not be the unique community it is without our Volunteers. There are many ways for you to get involved in our community. You can simply help with events, join a team or volunteer to take on a leadership role. Scroll down to find more information about these opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Volunteer For Fall Carnival

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Just generally want to help out? Fill out this form to let us know what you are interested in doing at THES. At the bottom of the page you will find more information about ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Form

Volunteer Orientation

All new volunteers are encouraged to attend a Volunteer Orientation. Volunteer Orientations are scheduled each year in August and September.  Please check the THES calendar for exact dates. The pdf below contains the training information we go over in the sessions. Please read it and familiarize yourself to the contents. If you have any questions you may contact the Volunteer Coordinator: volunteers@travisheightselementary.com

THES Volunteer Training Handouts 2019-2020

 

Annual Background Check

Volunteers should request a background check each year. This includes Field Trip Chaperones! This process can take a couple of weeks, especially at the beginning of the school year, so submit yours early! (Note: Background checks do not check immigration status & information is not shared with other agencies.)

Instructions for Requesting a Background Check:

  • Go to: austinpartners.org
  • Select the Volunteer button
  • Select School Based Volunteer
  • You can choose to make a donation or click through without donating
  • Select Travis Heights Elementary from the school-based volunteers list
  • Choose School volunteer
  • (Information about what the background check looks for is available by clicking the Background Check Guidelines link)
  • Complete the information requested for the background check.

Confidentiality Agreement

All volunteers must also sign an AISD Confidentiality Agreement. Pick one up at the office or from your child’s teacher or Download one here English or Spanish.

If you have questions or concerns about the Background Check process or need assistance in completing the online form, please contact the Parent Support Specialist (414-4495) or Volunteer Coordinator: volunteers@travisheightselementary.com

Leadership Roles

We currently have the following openings for Leadership positions:

2nd Vice President

Interested in learning more about what’s going on at school and with the PTA? Not sure what to volunteer for? Consider joining the PTA board as the 2nd Vice President! You will attend all PTA board meetings and be a part of all the behind-the scenes planning. This role supports the President, helps to keep track of the PTA calendar, and supports PTA event coordinators. Time commitment can be as much or as little as you make it!

Teacher Appreciation Co-Leader

Leads the team that organizes events which make our teachers and staff feel loved!

Volunteer Co-Coordinator

Works with our current coordinator to train and place volunteers for the school.  Volunteer Coordinators also assist event leaders with creating volunteer sign ups and maintaining the volunteer database.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week in the first weeks of school.  1-2 hours a month the rest of the year.

Carnival Co-Coordinator

A THES tradition since the 1950s, Fall Carnival is a night filled with games, food, and fun- all while raising money to support our school! Help us keep this awesome tradition alive by volunteering as Carnival Co-Coordinator. Duties include supervising teams of volunteers to organize games/booths, provide publicity, recruit volunteers, solicit donations and arrange for logistics at the event. We need to find coordinators to make next year’s Carnival happen!
Average time commitment: 1-2 hours/ week in Sept/Oct (more the week of the event).

STEAM Workshop Coordinator(s)

Works with other coordinators to organize this annual enrichment opportunity for students. Duties include recruiting artists and scientists to lead sessions, arranging a performance/demonstration for lower grades, assigning students to their sessions, and arranging other logistics.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week in months prior to the event (more the week of the event).

Hospitality Coordinator

Organizes volunteers to provide hospitality and food for our Young Writers’ and STEAM Workshops.
Average time commitment: 1 hours/week in weeks prior the to the events (more the the day before and day of the event).

If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact:

volunteers@travisheightselementary.com

Join A Team!

Communications Team

This group helps ensure that parents are kept informed about what’s happening at the school by updating the website, bulletin boards, maintaining our social media presence, and sending the e-folder/Wednesday Folder each week.

Fall Carnival Team

The group behind the Fall carnival fun! Help is needed to organize booths, food, supplies, signs, set up and more.

Cultural Festival Team

Organizes this event which celebrates the diverse cultures of our school. Team members are needed to arrange performers, organize cultural tables and the Mercado, and handle logistics.

Wildman Woods Renovation Team

This is a new team dedicated to restoring and renewing our beloved nature play area, Wildman Woods, named in honor of former THES teacher Gene “Wildman” Brandon. Please join us to help with tasks such as a special fundraising campaign, grant writing, master planning, community engagement, and organizing volunteers during construction.

Fundraising Team

Members are needed for a variety of tasks including: identifying potential donors and partners, researching or writing grant proposals, requesting donations, building business partnerships, writing or designing communication materials, planning fun events, and more.  Contact the fundraising team at fundraising@travisheightselementary.com and thank you!

Grants Team

This group researches grant opportunities and writes grants which are essential to help keep our academic programs running.

Advocacy Team

Works with the larger community to enlist support for our school and families

Recruitment Team

Are you excited about the education and experience your child is receiving at Travis Heights Elementary? If so, we would love to have you as part of our recruitment team! In order for us to continue to offer the awesome educational opportunities we have at THES, it is important that we keep our enrollment numbers up. If you are willing to spread your love of THES, then please join our team by emailing volunteers@travisheightselementary.com.

If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact:

volunteers@travisheightselementary.com

Ongoing Opportunities

Assisting Students

Help is always needed leading learning groups, reading with kids, tutoring, and assisting with special projects in the classrooms.

Workroom Helpers

Help make copies, laminate, make die cuts, or prepare materials for teachers or the office

Library Helpers

Shelving books- Drop in anytime and shelve a few books, every little bit helps!

Creative Projects

Creative individuals are needed to help with creating and updating bulletin boards, making signs, photography and design work

Beautification/Outdoors

Help keep THES looking great by sharing your gardening talents.

Chicken coop

Animal lovers are needed to help care for our chickens on weekends and school holidays.

Translation

Help to translate letters, flyers, forms and emails.

Staff Appreciation

Volunteers are needed to help with organizing events to show our teachers and staff how much their hard work means!

Technical Support

Help with database or website maintenance and other technical needs

Sign up here to help with these ongoing needs:

Ongoing Volunteer Form

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