Room Parents: This is a great way to get involved and be a big part of your child's classroom experiences. A room parent’s main task is to facilitate communication between other parents and the teacher, the PTO, and occasionally school administration. For the most part, as a room parent you’ll solicit donations (paper goods, snacks, decorations, etc.) from parents for classroom parties and events (usually based on a list from the teacher), collect money for teacher gifts during holidays and Teacher Appreciation Week in May, organize volunteers for the classroom for events or enrichment, and other tasks as decided by the teacher. Please contact Marlena Bresnick with questions.

Gardens Chair & Volunteers:  Help keep our campus looking its best!  This fun group meets on a Saturday or Sunday in late fall and early spring to rake leaves, spread mulch, and plant.  Bring the kids and dig in! If interested send an email to Amy Smith and be sure to check out the Sanborn Garden page

Library Volunteers: Assist Ms. Cremin as a volunteer in the library during your child’s library time!  Check-in and check-out books, shelve books, and help children locate books.  Weekly or bi-weekly commitment throughout the year.Sign-up Genius are below with this year’s schedules - or contact Elizabeth Henlin


Literacy Volunteers:  Consider reading to/with a student once a week for 30 minutes during the school day – schedule is designed around our volunteers’ availability. Children of all ages need extra help with reading and comprehension and this is a wonderful way to share your love of books with a child! Please contact Lauren Leary if you are interested in volunteering.

Cafeteria/Zero Waste Volunteers:  Zero Waste Chairs: ​Carina Schusterman, Claire Stocker and Selen Aktar. Volunteers assist with food rescue and recycling and wipe down tables after each grade completes lunch. Duties include setup of drain and drop stations and food rescue bins, supervising and educating the students in zero-waste. Shifts are scheduled for the first half of the year to help you plan ahead; sign-up here:


Welcome Back Pizza Night (Sept. 8, 2016): We need parents to assist during the back to school pizza night. There will be (3) shifts to choose from with 6-7 parents during each shift:

  • 4:30 - 5:30 set-up and serve
  • 5:30 - 6:30 serve
  • 6:30 - 7:30 serve and cleanup

Spooky Fun Fair Volunteers (Saturday, October 22, 2016): Co-chairs Kelly Barry, or Beth DeLeo This long-time favorite & successful fundraiser and school spirit event. Many volunteers are needed to help with setup/decorating, break-down, games, café - we hope you can join us again next year to make this event another success!

Assistant Read-Along Coordinator (Monday, November 14, 2016): We are looking for
2 co-chairs to assist Pam Bedard with the coordination of the Annual Community Read-Along.  This event is traditionally held during the National Education Week in November.  You will organize community leaders (politicians, firefighters, business owners and many more) to come to Sanborn and read to the children in their classrooms.  This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.  It's a great way to get to know League members and Community Leaders from the town of Andover. Volunteers will:

  • Work with the Read-Along coordinators to organize the event.
  • E-mail potential readers, explain event and then follow up with a phone call.
  • Help to secure/confirm 18 Community Leaders as readers for the event.
  • Help welcome and coordinate the readers the day of the event.

This event is ideal for working parents or parents who would like to volunteer but need flexibility.  Phone calls and e-mails can be made from anywhere. Please contact Pam Bedard if interested. 

Harvest Festival Volunteers (November): There are a variety of opportunities to assist Co-Chairs, Anita Johnson and Susan McCready, to oversee packing of gift bags and the delivery of gift bags to Andover seniors; and assist with the hospitality event hosted for the special guest of the Harvest Festival Program. Sign-up to volunteer: 

  • November 17, 2016: Gift bag packing
  • November 18, 2016: Gift bag delivery
  • November 22, 2016: Hospitality event 

Jr. Achievement Volunteers (February/March):
Chair – Yong Chen. Volunteering to teach JA to your child’s class (4-5 weeks, 1x/week, 45 minute lesson).  Volunteers are needed for all grade levels.  All materials and teaching guide are provided.  A great way to see your child’s class in action! Check out the program at If interested in volunteering please sign up here:!/showSignUp/10c054ca8af2ea2fe3-junior questions contact Yong Chen, parent Chair

Book Fair Volunteers (March 13-17, 2017):  Assist Chair,Beth DeLeo
, with Scholastic Book Fair for one week with set-up, break-down, re-stocking, sales, and helping children with purchases. If interested in volunteering please send an email to

Game Night Volunteers (March 14, 2017):  Assist the
Activities Chair (Open) with the planning and hosting of a Bingo night during Book Fair week. 

International Night Volunteers (April 5, 2017):  Join us this year for our 5th annual event designed to celebrate all the different cultures represented at our fabulous school!  Assist Co-Chairs: Rashmi Bajaj and 
Natalie Johnson in planning, setup, serving food, and clean up. Please the sign-up genius if you would like to be a Global Liaison at Or, you can volunteer to assist in the planning, setup, serving food, or clean up at

Yard Sale (May – TBD): The Sanborn Yard Sale is back this year and we need a lot of support to make it a success.  The last yard sale raised more than $3,500 for the PTO!!! Charis are Amy Smith & Tracey Waszkelewicz. Keep it on your radar and save all your great stuff to donate to the Sanborn Yard Sale!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon Volunteers (May 4, 2017):  Assist Chair
(Open) in the planning and hosting of this event.  Opportunities include decorating staff room, supervising children during lunch and/or recess, and cleanup.  Lots of fun and very rewarding chance to thank our wonderful teachers & staff for all they do for our kids all year!

Art Show Volunteers (June – Date TBD): Assist Ms. McCann and Karen Carriuolo with the planning, setup, and break-down of the Art Show.  This event is held the same evening as the Ice Cream Social.  

Ice Cream Social Committee (June – Date TBD):  Assist
Family Activities Chair (Open) with the organizing and hosting of this evening in early June including setup, assisting teachers in serving ice cream, and cleanup of playground and serving area.

Children’s Stage Adventure Parent Coordinator (June 5-10, 2017):
Chair (Open) Work with Beth Kennedy and the Children’s Stage Adventure staff to coordinate parent assistance to monitor practice, make-up and back-stage help during the show. If you are interested in being the parent coordinator please send an email to Courtney Driscoll @




2016-2017 PTO Volunteer Opportunities