Laurel Ridge Elementary School
1215 Balsam Drive
Decatur GA, 30033
678-874-6902 (Office)
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Volunteer Opportunities at Laurel Ridge

We Need You! 

Dedicated, engaged parents and community members volunteering at Laurel Ridge Elementary is a huge part of what makes our school a strong and vibrant educational environment.

 

Beginning in 2018 we are asking that families give a minimum of 5 hours per school year to help to support our school. From classroom support, building beautification, to assisting with events, there are opportunities for every skill set and schedule. 

Have a Volunteer Idea? 

Many volunteer opportunities are outlined below but we'd love to hear from you if you have a pet project or idea you'd like to help bring to the Laurel Ridge community! Email us at PTAinfo@laurelridgeelementary.com

Communications Committee

Committee Chairs:

Amy Heldman and Maria Davila

PTACommunications@laurelridgeelementary.com

Executive Committee Liaison:

Joey Wilkinson

ptavicepresident@laurelridgeelementary.com

The Communications Committee acts as a link between the PTA and the school community, especially through the PTA newsletter, web site, and social media. Additionally, this committee is in charge of working to ensure a clear line of communication between parents, teachers, staff of Laurel Ridge Elementary. The committee facilitates outreach to families who speak languages other than English in the home, and acts as a liaison with local news media as needed. All volunteers are welcome, and this is an excellent committee for those with backgrounds in communications fields, as well as those who speak languages in addition to English, especially Spanish.

Special Projects:

  • implementing and launching school-wide app for directory, calendar, communication, etc.

  • district news liaison

  • International/2nd Language Ambassadors 

  • finishing and updating new PTA website

PTA Committees

Building & Grounds Committee

Committee Chairs:

Lissette Corey and Charlie Haws

PTABandG@laurelridgeelementary.com

Executive Committee Liaison:

Corny Delasalas

ptacopresident@laurelridgeelementary.com

The Building and Grounds Committee focuses on projects that beautify and improve our school grounds inside and out and that support new learning opportunities for our students. Past projects include clearing debris from and painting four square and other activities on the blacktop, pressure washing the front of the building and walkways, deep cleaning and painting student bathrooms, planting flowers and spreading pine straw, and improvement of the greenhouse, garden, and pond in the courtyard. We hold quarterly work days at the school for parent and community volunteers.

Special Projects:

  • playground refresh & cleanup

  • new digital marquee

  • new murals

  • advocate & organize for bathroom updates/remodeling

  • utilize and improve greenhouse, garden, & pond in the courtyard

  • class gardens

Family Engagement & Events Committee

Committee Chair(s):

Heather Ledet

Familyengagement@laurelridgeelementary.com

Executive Committee Liaison:

Tarvis Thompson

 

The Family Engagement Committee is behind all of the special events and activities that take place throughout the year. From ongoing projects (like the yearbook) to our big event (like the Fall Festival), lots of volunteers are needed! This committee is perfect for lots of members that can do big or small jobs. Volunteer times are mostly during after school or weekend hours. Some of special events include our Back to School Picnic,International Night,  Fall Festival, Walk/Bike to School, yearbook, and school pictures.

Special Projects:

  • Book Fair

  • Fall Festival

  • Family Fun Nights

  • Walk/Bike to School

  • Romp thru the Woods

  • Concessions

  • Yearbook (led by Christina North)

  • School Pictures

  • School Supplies (led by Dinisha Batchelder)

  • Room Parents

  • Teacher & Staff Recognition/Appreciation Week

  • Coffee with the Principal

Student Engagement

Committee Chairs:

Angela Ballard and Jenny Taussig

Studentengagement@laurelridgeelementary.com

 

Executive Committee Liaison:

Brittany Sanders

ptapresident@laurelridgeelementary.com

The Student Engagement Committee is responsible for helping coordinate after school activities and clubs, in-school programs, and cultural arts events. We also manage and organize donations to the Eric Hunt Care Closet. This closet assists with school supplies, clothing, toiletries, and food. Friday Food Backpacks are packed weekly to help provide assistance over the weekend and school breaks. The closet is open to all LRES families. Volunteer hours can be during school hours, after school hours, or from home. This committee’s special projects include clubs and afterschool activities, the Eric Hunt Care Closet, Friday food backpacks, and assemblies at school.

Special Projects:

  • Field Trips

  • Assemblies

  • Fifth Grade Activities

  • Clubs & Afterschool Activities

  • Spirit Week

Fundraising Committee

Committee Chairs: 

Stephanie Bialek and Sarah Smith

ptafundraising@laurelridgeelementary.com

Executive Committee Liaison:

Brittany Sanders

ptapresident@laurelridgeelementary.com

The Fundraising Committee is responsible for generating income, soliciting sponsorships, selling merchandise and hosting fundraising events for the Laurel Ridge Elementary PTA. Some of our major projects this year include a 2019 Laurel Ridge Fun Run, a fall and spring Scholastic Book Fair, spirit nights at local eateries, and other FUN and profitable events for our school community. The committee also manages sponsorships, donations and incentive programs from Publix, Kroger, Office Depot, BoxTops and others. This is a committee that allows you to have a big impact on the school, and especially needs great managers, organizers and strategic minds.

Special Projects:

  • Coordinating with community partners for sponsorships and donations

  • Fall Walk-A-Thon

  • Spring Silent Auction

  • Spirit gear and online store

  • Romp thru the Woods

  • Spirit nights at local businesses

  • Box Tops for Education

Staff Engagement Committee

Committee Chairs:

Carol Shrout and need another co-chairperson

staffengagement@laurelridgeelementary.com

Executive Committee Liaison:

Katie Shrout

ptasecretary@laurelridgeelementary.com

The Staff Engagement Committee is responsible for supporting teachers and staff throughout the year with meals, treats, and other tokens of recognition. Major projects of the year include providing meals (some catered and some contributed by parents) during preplanning, post planning, and conference/curriculum nights. In the spring our primary focus is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, which requires lots of good ideas and parent power to recognize all staff daily. This is a great committee for people who can handle big or small time commitments, as well as people who excel at planning parties and events!

Finance Committee

Executive Committee Liaison:

Katie Miller

ptatreasurer@laurelridgeelementary.com

The Budget and Finance Committee is responsible for ensuring that the LRES PTA is a good steward of money. The committee proposes budgets, completes financial audits and tracks the books. They also manage the teacher grant program, which allows LRES staff to apply for funds to help improve the school, as well as the teacher reimbursement program, which compensates teachers for spending money on classrooms. This committee especially appreciates volunteers with minds for budgets and accounting, and it offers involvement for those with limited time.

Special Projects:

  • reinstating 501C3 status

  • streamlining payment options

  • researching forming LRES Foundation

  • Updating PTA bylaws

  • streamlining field trip organization 

  • formalizing teacher funding request process

Sustainability Committee

Committee Chairs:

Jenny and Zach Odom

sustainability@laurelridgeelementary.com

Executive Committee Liaison:

Corny Delasalas

ptacopresident@laurelridgeelementary.com

The Sustainability Initiative Committee  is working with the LRES community to create mindful systems which promote a healthy, sustainable environment through reducing waste destined for landfills by increased composting, recycling, and use of reusable materials. Volunteers with a passion for bringing recycling into the classrooms are appreciated!  This committee could also use volunteers with a background in marketing, design, video, or photography.

Ways to Help

EASY MONEY &

SPIRIT NIGHTS

Care Closet

About the Care Closet: In memory of former employee Eric Hunt, the Laurel Ridge community started a Care Closet to support our students and families in need. Mr. Hunt cared deeply for the LRES community and always went above and beyond for our students.
 

Room Parents

Room parents are the main liaison between your child’s teacher and the families in the classroom and the PTA. Help organize classroom events and volunteers & more.

There are lots of fun & easy ways to earn cash for our school and many of them when make your normal purchases. Box Tops for Education, Publix Partners in Education, Amazon Smile, and Office Depot are just a few. 

principal

Advisory commitee

Join the LRES PAC team or attend meetings to support positive change for our school.