Birthday Books
Students are given the opportunity to select a book from a PTO-provided collection as a birthday gift.  Presentations are done once a month.  Children with summer birthdays are recognized during the school year.  Volunteers are needed to assist children with book selection.  Time commitment can be once or as many times as you wish.

Box Tops for Education
Manning participates in the Box Tops for Education program which allows us to purchase many items for our school. All families can help by simply clipping labels and box tops symbols from designated products. Committee chair is responsible for submitting labels. Volunteers are needed to assist with a fun annual school wide competition as well as help with collection, sorting and counting. More information can be found at www.boxtops4education.com

Class Pictures
Volunteers are needed on Class Picture Day and to escort children to and from their classrooms.  Class pictures are taken in September.  

Fall Book Fair
The chairperson works with the Manning School Librarian to select books from the PTO-chosen vendor and coordinates the set-up, teardown and volunteers for the event.  The fair is held one evening from 5-9 PM and the following morning from 8 AM- 12 PM.  Volunteers are needed to help with set-up the afternoon of the fair, staffing during the sale hours, and teardown after the fair closes.

Dodgeball, Jump Rope for the Heart and Field Day
These events are fun, active and exciting for the kids. Dodgeball is a fun after school event, optional for the students. JRftH is a fundraising during class event. Field Day is our end of year fun day before school lets out. This chair assists Mr. Cyrus in flyers, getting volunteers, sorting prizes and field day popsicles.

5th Grade Picnic
Chairs from Manning and Miller meet and plan an afternoon picnic with games and food that takes place after their Junior High tour in the Spring. Kids walk to Ty Warner with their teachers and then parents take over. Many volunteers are needed the day of with no younger siblings. Chairs will send out their own form for volunteers a few weeks before the event.

Adult/Kids Raffle
These events takes place in Spring . At least one chairperson is needed to organize the Adult Raffle, and at least one chairperson will organize the Kid’s Raffle. The Adult and Kid’s Raffle chairs will coordinate a committee to contract with local businesses to find a space for the event, sets up games/activities and coordinates volunteers.  The committee is responsible for using the donation request letter for local and corporate businesses as well as soliciting parents for classroom raffle donations.  Volunteers are utilized to distribute donation request letters and pick up donated items.  Volunteers may be needed for both raffles.

Fun Run

The Fun Run is of the main fundraisers of PTO and occurs in the Fall.  This event is run by 2 chairs with a committee of at least 6 additional members who will be responsible for coordinating a mile fun run in conjunction with the Westmont Park District. One of the chairs will be the VP of Fundraising.  The chairs will be responsible for creating updated flyers, planning for timelines, and supporting the committee members. The committee members will include registration (2 people), safety, decorations, concessions, and games. These committee members will work closely with the VP of Public Relations, and VP of Volunteers.

Ice Cream Social
This event celebrates the start of a new school year and gives families the chance to meet and reconnect after the summer.  It is held one evening in August or September.  The  chair should hold a committee planning meetings during the summer, publicize the event and organize volunteers.  Parent volunteers are needed in hour shifts to help with set up/tear down, ice cream and activities.

McTeacher Fundraiser
The McTeacher fundraiser occurs once or twice a year. The committee chair contacts McDonald’s to set a date for each night and promotes the event. The chair will also coordinate with Teacher’s whom volunteer for the event.








Parent Representatives
This two-person committee oversees the coordination of events throughout the school year.  They have the responsibility for providing refreshments/decorations for the Meet and Greet held on the first day of school as well as for the Teachers’ Tea, held at the first staff meeting of the year.  This committee also organizes family events during the year such as the roller skating party and bingo for books. They plan events for Teacher Appreciation Week as well as other appreciation events throughout the year. Small beautification projects also fall under this category.  The planters by the  doors get decorated monthly/seasonally.  As well as helping with the 5th grade (legacy) project. Parent volunteers may be needed for events.

Room Parent Coordinators:

Coordinators recruit one room parent per classroom to assist the classroom teacher. This may look different to every classroom, but some examples are: Math Buddies, Reading Buddies, Mystery Readers, project prep, in class guests etc. The Room Parent Coordinators will reach out to teachers and room parents during the year to assure all needs are met and questions are answered. The coordinators plan (or delegate the task of planning to the room parents) holiday parties at Halloween and Valentine’s Day. They are responsible for providing guidelines for these two parties.  The coordinators are available throughout the year for consult and to answer questions regarding party planning. Sign-up genius requests for addition volunteers for the parties should be submitted to the VP Volunteers at least 2 weeks before the event. The committee chairs also coordinate the selection and creation of the ornaments for trees displayed in Memorial Park during Westmont’s Holly Days Celebration.  Volunteers are needed to assist children in making ornaments and at Memorial Park the Sunday after Thanksgiving when the trees are decorated.

School Supply Kits and Supply Closet:
Families can order grade-specific kits full of all the supplies needed for the upcoming school year.  Orders are placed in the Spring.  The chairperson coordinates with teachers and the supplier and oversees the ordering of the kits as well as the distribution.  Volunteers are needed to help with sorting and distribution prior to the first day of school.  The chair will also maintain the PTO funded teacher supply closet.  We handle the wipes, tissues, baggies, dry erase and pencils for the whole year.

Spirit wear Sale:
The Manning spirit wear sale takes place in the Fall but can have additional sales throughout the year.  This one or two-person committee works with the vendor and organizes the sale.  This committee also coordinates the sale of 5th Grade T-shirts in September.

Taffy Apple Sales:
This fundraiser occurs in the fall.  Help is needed from 3 or 4 people on the day of distribution to organize the apples by order after delivery by Affy Tapple and prior to pick-up by customers, and then help customers collect their orders.  This is a one-day volunteer activity.


Twilight Stars:
This committee is made up of at least 2 chairs, one to plan the performance and one to plan the art show. This committee coordinates an evening of the arts featuring various on-stage performances followed by a “gallery crawl’ and reception in the cafeteria.  Volunteers are needed to assist with setup/teardown and the reception. 


Vision and Hearing:

The DuPage County Health Department schedules vision and hearing screening in January volunteers are needed to bring the children from their classrooms.


Visual Arts:
Visual Art chairperson is responsible for organizing art room volunteers for the school year, along with assisting the art teacher in whatever she (or the district) may need with regards to art. In years when we have district wide art shows, the chair must help organize and display artworks at the high school. A flyer is distributed sometime in late fall through backpack mail to help obtain Art room volunteers.


Welcoming Committee:

This committee chairperson will begin in the spring by attending the incoming kindergarten open house and finish once school has begun. This committee will obtain contacts for all new and incoming kindergarten families as well as those new to the district and plan several play dates throughout the summer to introduce families to each other as well as to Manning. This committee will communicate with the principal and kindergarten teachers as needed.

Committee members take and gather pictures throughout the school year.  The chairperson organizes group/team/class pictures with the school photographer and works with the yearbook vendor with lay-out.  The committee coordinates the collection of orders in February and with distribution of yearbooks at the end of the school year.  Volunteers are needed to take pictures of school and classroom events during the year.