Volunteering

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  • Great Neck Community School requires that each family volunteer at least six hours of their time during each school year to help out at the school, which contributes to the spirit of community and enhances their child’s education. Volunteer hours are met by working on one or more events or fundraisers or by working on one or more administrative committees which help out in many areas of the school.

    The events and committees are listed below – please click the committee name to view a description of each. Then, fill out the Committee Enrollment Form to sign up.

    Events & Fundraising Volunteer Opportunities
    All Family Festival

    This is our first big event of the school year, held on a Saturday in October. It is an outdoor event (weather permitting) open to all Great Neck Community School families. The activities include playing on our playground, scarecrow making, music and other entertainment, face-painting, cookie decorating, and crafts. We also provide refreshments. Families pay a “per family” admission fee. Traditionally, we have also had raffle prizes. Volunteers will help plan and run the activities, work at craft tables and refreshment tables, collect parent toy donations and visit local stores for donations of raffle prizes.

    You may want to work on this event if:

    • You like to work with others to plan an event and can meet with your committee at mutually agreeable times.
    • You are able to volunteer on the day of the event (a Saturday in October 2014).
    • You would like to fulfill most or all of your volunteer commitment early in the school year.
    Book Fair

    Great Neck Community School runs a Book Fair in late January or early February of each school year. The Book Fair opens for business on a Saturday and continues during school hours and in the evening on Monday and Tuesday as well as on Wednesday morning. Volunteers unpack the boxes and set up the displays, re-stock as necessary and collect payment for the books sold. At the evening hours, we also have pajama a party with milk and cookies and storytelling for the children. On a Saturday there are crafts, refreshments and entertaining storytelling as well. Traditionally, Clifford the Big Red Dog (a parent dressed in costume) has visited the children on opening day. The children really enjoy all of the activities associated with the Book Fair.

    You may want to work on this event if:

    • You like to work with others.
    • You would enjoy working in a “store,” and setting up displays and selling books.
    • You are available to work on one or more of the days and/or evenings of the Book Fair.
    • You (or your spouse) would love to dress up as Clifford. (This is NOT a requirement.)
    Health Fair

    The Health Fair is an event which takes place during school hours, traditionally on a Friday in March. Its purpose is to introduce children to things that they may encounter at a visit to a doctor’s office. It is intended to alleviate any fear or hesitation that children may have in visiting the doctor. The event is a lot of fun for the children. They learn about x-rays, nutrition, physical fitness, and how their bodies work.

    You may want to help with the Health Committee if:

    • You have an interest in health or medical related issues. (No professional experience required.)
    • You are available to volunteer for at least 2 hours during school hours on the day of the Health Fair. All volunteering is during school hours.
    • You would like to complete some or all of your volunteer hours while your child is in school.
    • You would enjoy working with the children at the Health Fair.
    Parent Social

    This event is a special night or day for the parents, teachers and now may include a children’s activity. It has traditionally been held in March. In the past few years, the Parent Social has been held in such places as the Tavern 18, School of Rock, George Washington Manor, Harbor Links Golf Club and the Merchant Marine Academy. The venue is decided by the committee and based on enrollment and the best economic value. This function is our major fundraiser and the raffles bring our best results for added revenue.

    You may want to work on this event if:

    • You like to plan parties.
    • You like to work with others on a committee and can meet with them at mutually agreeable times.
    • You are good at soliciting for donations of raffle prizes.
    • You have a flair for decorating and/or designing invitations and themes.
    • You are organized and detail oriented and can keep track of RSVPs and Thank Yous.
    • You enjoying organizing and wrapping prizes.
    Mayfair (Spring Event)

    This is the last big event of the year, traditionally held in May (and occasionally early June). Like Fall Festival, it is a big celebration for Great Neck Community School families held outdoors on our playground (weather-permitting). MayFair/Spring is usually more carnival-like than Fall Festival and in the past few years has included a face painter, bounce ride and other fun activities. Families pay a “per family” admission fee. Volunteers will help plan and run the activities; work at games, crafts and refreshment tables; solicit local restaurants for donations of food and drinks; pick up and deliver food; and clean up.

    You may want to work on this event if:

    • You like to work with others to plan an event and can meet with your committee at mutually agreeable times.
    • You are able to volunteer on the day of the event (a Saturday in May or June of 2015).
    • You would like to have most of the school year to plan your event.
    Teacher Recognition Dinner

    This is a very special dinner held in honor of all of the teachers. Parents are all invited, as are the teachers. It has traditionally been held at the home of a Great Neck Community School parent and parents provide the food (or donate money to have it catered.) In the past, it has been held a day after school ends in June.

    You may want to work on this event if:

    • You like working with others to plan parties and can meet with your committee at mutually agreeable times.
    • You would like to have most of the school year to plan your event.
    • You would like to be part of a very special event to honor the teachers.
    Fundraising

    Great Neck Community School has a fundraising committee that seeks out new ways to raise money for the school and then helps to publicize the fundraisers to the parents. The committee is headed by the school’s Financial Secretary, who is a member of the Executive Board. In the past we have had shopping days and gift wrapping at Barnes and Noble, as well as an ArtWare fundraiser, which prints your child’s artwork on special note cards.

    You may want to work on Fundraising if:

    • You like to discover/research new ways to raise money for the school.
    • You are comfortable approaching local stores and restaurants about hosting events.
    • You need to have flexibility as to when you volunteer your time.
    Yearbook

    For the past several years, Great Neck Community School has had a yearbook which includes individual and class photographs of all of the children, as well as highlights of the events throughout the year. Parents are also invited to place ads in the yearbook with special messages for their children and/or for the teachers. The yearbook is a great memento for the children to remember their years at Great Neck Community School.

    You may want to help put together the yearbook if:

    • You are detail-oriented and creative.
    • You are comfortable with the computer and can help create ads and photographic collages.
    • You are a good proofreader.
    • You want to be involved in a creative long term endeavor.
    Photo Day

    In October or November, a professional school photographer comes to Great Neck Community School to take individual and class photographs of the children. Parents are given the opportunity to review the proofs and order photographs. The photographs are also published in our Yearbook. Parent volunteers are needed to help organize the classes and staff on Photo Day and to follow-up with orders, money collection and distribution of the photographs.

    You may want to help with Photo Day if:

    • You are available on the day that Photo Day is scheduled.
    • You would like to do some or all of your volunteer hours while your child is in school.
  • Administrative Volunteer Opportunities
    Contracts & Legal

    From time to time, Great Neck Community School needs an attorney to review contracts (such as enrollment contracts) and other legal documents. The school may also need legal advice with respect to contracts or in other areas of law. Members of this committee must be attorneys and will need to become familiar with the school’s by-laws. The By-Laws should be reviewed and updated yearly by this committee.

    You may want to work on the Legal Committee if:

    • You are an attorney who specializes in an area of law that would be helpful to the school.
    • You would like to do some or all of your volunteer hours from your home or office.
    International Buffet

    The first Board Meeting is an opportunity to share food and friendship with parents and is enhanced by the wonderful Multicultural population of GNCS. This evening is an opportunity to meet greet, and understand the “workings” of the Parent Board.

    You may want to work on this evening if:

    • You like to organize “food-related” events and small party planning.
    • If you want to fulfill your parent participation hours early and help get our school off to a “super-start”
    • If you can coordinate and make contact and follow up with others by email or telephone.
    Parent Photographer

    TWO parents or more are needed to photo document activities and events throughout the school year. Best for those who are familiar with downloading photos on the computer and enjoy photography. You may want to help us securely display event photographs on our website. These individuals will work closely with the Yearbook Committee.

    You may want to work on this project if:

    • You are interested in scanning and organizing photographs.
    • You have a scanner.
    • You are organized and detail oriented.
    • You prefer to have some flexibility as to when you volunteer your time.
    • You prefer to do most of your volunteer time from home.
    Budget Committee

    This committee will assist in maintaining fiscal responsibility for the school. This work includes assisting in preparation of the annual budget as well as ensure that necessary funds are appropriated for the school and that a balance is maintained between the needs and resources in the distribution of available monies, and affirm that the school’s economic resources are most efficiently allocated. Members of this committee will work with the treasurer in creating a budget for next year. The committee will explore ideas on funding sources, student enrollment predictions, and staff budgets.

    You may want to volunteer to work on this committee if:

    • You work in or have worked in the accounting or finance industry and can lend your expertise to the school.
    • Proficient in working with Excel Spreadsheets and have had budgeting experience.
    • You are very detail oriented and like “crunching’ numbers.
    • You are able to commit time to the preparation of the budget in December/January.

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