There are a lot of ways to help make the dream work at your child’s school. Here are just a few:
  • Donate your time or in-kind goods! We have lots of opportunities that fit your busy lifestyle. Whether it’s sending a pack of paper plates with your student in the morning, or volunteering an hour of your time at the Carnival, you can be a part of the team in a way that works for you and your family.
  • Eat out and shop! Through programs like TAGG, Amazon Smile, Hy-Vee Cash for Students, Box Tops and Family Nights Out, you can make the most of your shopping and eating-out dollars! A percentage of what you spend gets donated back to the school.
  • Help plan events! Behind every PTO event and classroom party is a team of hard working, fun-loving, creative people. Join the festivities and have a great time making a difference at your child’s school.

If you’re interested in learning about the committees, read below for their descriptions. Want to join one? Let us know by visiting our Contact Us page and sending us a message, or you can print our Volunteer Form and hand it in to the school office.




Each classroom is assigned at least one classroom parent. That person is responsible for organizing the Fall and Valentine’s Day parties. Classroom parents are supplied with a folder with contact information and lots of party ideas and examples. They can contact the parents of their child’s classmates to enlist help planning, request donations and assist the day of the party.



Every year the PTO collects Box Tops and participates in the Hy-Vee Cash for Students program. The committee is responsible for promoting the programs, collecting the Box Tops and Hy-Vee receipts, tallying them and turning them in for cash for our school.



The annual Carnival is held in the Spring to celebrate the end of the school year. There are a myriad of games, activities and food. Those who volunteer can be a part of the planning committee or can assist the night of the event.


return to top ^



This committee collaborates with restaurants and local businesses to raise money for our school. Restaurants and businesses donate a portion of their profits from one evening’s business. The committee contacts the businesses, schedules the Family Night Outs and develops new ideas on how to promote them.


return to top ^



At the beginning of the school year, teachers submit a list of items they would like to have in their classroom. Members of this committee gather their requests and organize them by teacher. A “tree” is created in each grade level’s area where parents can peruse teacher requests, remove a “leaf” to claim that item, and then purchase the item to be donated.



This event provides an opportunity for grandparents and special friends to visit the school and learn a little bit about how their student spends their days at school. Those who volunteer help with the planning and/or execution of the event.



Using a variety of channels such as Ms. Madden’s weekly newsletter, the PTO website, flyers, and social media outlets, committee members promote the PTO and its mission, programs, fundraising, and its volunteers.


return to top ^



This committee organizes events for Hillrise families that happen outside school hours. There is generally one event a quarter — a family social, free family movie nights, and a Winter Welcome. Members of this committee help plan and execute each of these events.



These volunteers help organize and execute activities that celebrate the entire staff at Hillrise during Staff Appreciation Week (generally held in the Spring). Volunteers may help with the organization of activities, the making and serving of food, and with the execution of planned activities.


return to top ^



Volunteers for this committee are invited to come to the school every Wednesday morning to help teachers with projects requiring cutting, laminating, organizing, etc. *Volunteers are not required to attend every week.*



The yearbook committee recruits people to take photos throughout the year, organizes pictures of students, creates yearbook pages, collects 5th grade graduation ads, and organizes the yearbook cover contest. They are also responsible for overseeing the printing and distribution of the yearbook.


return to top ^