Volunteer

Volunteerism is a major goal of our 5toThrive Annual Campaign. Parent volunteers are critical to the success of the Hawthorne Seminar Foundation, as well as Hawthorne Elementary School. We hope you will consider giving generously of your time.

Below is a list of Foundation and PTA events and programs that are only possible with the help of parent volunteers. Descriptions are provided, along with information on how to get involved. Check our SignUp Genius page for links to larger events.  If you need further assistance, please contact the Foundation President.

Event a Program Time-Frame Description
Fall KickStart Drive
Fall
Major fundraiser to start off the year to help pay for enrichment programs. Promotional help and coordination needed. Contact Foundation President.
Family Picnic (formerly called the Alumni Picnic)
Fall
Potluck picnic held at local park. Help needed setting up and cleaning up. Contact Foundation Hospitality Board Member.
Family Science or Game Night
Fall
Evening event in school auditorium. Contact Foundation Hospitality Board Member.
PTA Halloween Carnival
Fall
Haunted houses, cotton candy, bounce house, crafts, art show... it's serious fun. Contact PTA president.
PTA Turkey Trot Jog-a-Thon
Fall
Largest PTA fundraiser of the year. Parents needed to collect donation pledges, set-up and clean-up, and more. Contact PTA President.
Applebee’s Fundraiser Breakfasts
Fall and Spring
On two weekend mornings, we take over Applebeeʼs where our kids serve us breakfast! An event coordinator is needed to sell tickets, liaise with Applebeeʼs, and ensure the event runs smoothly. Contact Foundation President.
Robotics Club
September through May
One day a week after school to help kids build robots and complete challenges. Contact Mrs. Smith.
Spring Fling
Spring
Largest fundraiser of the year. Dinner and silent auction at a restaurant or catering hall. Childcare for Hawthorne Seminar students and school-aged siblings provided off-site by Mrs. Smith. Volunteers needed to obtain donations for auction, set-up and clean-up, ticket sales, make centerpieces, and more. Contact Foundation Vice President.
Los Angeles Field Trip
Spring
Field trip to Los Angeles for 4th and 5th graders with a day trip for 4th, overnight for 5th. Drivers and chaperons needed with Class D license. Contact Classroom Parent.
Classroom Parent
All Year Long
Help your child's teacher to communicate and coordinate needs for the classroom throughout the year. Contact the PTA President.
Field Trip Drivers
All Year Long
Drivers needed with Class D license. Contact your child's teacher for ongoing trips.
Classroom Presentation by Parent
All Year Long
Share your skills, passion, or profession with the students! Contact your child's classroom teacher.
Communications
All Year Long
Help keep our website updated, post current events to Facebook and Instagram, and send out newsletters. Contact Foundation Communications Board Member.
Sell Hawthorne Seminar Apparel
All Year Long
Sell Apparel at school as well as some events. Explore online sales opportunities.
Art Project Assistance
As Needed
Have a flare for art? Contact your child's teacher to offer your skills to assist with various projects.
Board of Directors Hawthorne Seminar Foundation
May elections for year-round position.
Board positions elected for next school year including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Hospitality. Contact current Foundation President.
Site Council Representative
All Year Long
Help our school principal budget and oversee federal funding and other programs. Contact school principal.
GATE DAC Representative
All Year Long
Represent Hawthorne at the GATE District Advisory Council Meetings. Contact school principal.

Time-Frame: Fall

Major fundraiser to start off the year to help pay for enrichment programs. Promotional help and coordination needed. Contact Foundation President.

Time-Frame: Fall

Potluck picnic held at local park. Help needed setting up and cleaning up. Contact Foundation Hospitality Board Member.

Time-Frame: Fall

Evening event in school auditorium. Contact Foundation Hospitality Board Member.

Time-Frame: Fall

Haunted houses, cotton candy, bounce house, crafts, art show… it’s serious fun. Contact PTA President.

Time-Frame: Fall

Largest PTA fundraiser of the year. Parents needed to collect donation pledges, set-up and clean-up, and more. Contact PTA President.

Time-Frame: Fall and Spring

On two weekend mornings, we take over Applebeeʼs where our kids serve us breakfast! An event coordinator is needed to sell tickets, liaise with Applebeeʼs, and ensure the event runs smoothly. Contact Foundation President.

Time-Frame: September through May

One day a week after school to help kids build robots and complete challenges. Contact Mrs. Smith.

Time-Frame: Spring

Largest fundraiser of the year. Dinner and silent auction at a restaurant or catering hall. Childcare for Hawthorne Seminar students and school-aged siblings provided off-site by Mrs. Smith. Volunteers needed to obtain donations for auction, set-up and clean-up, ticket sales, make centerpieces, and more. Contact Foundation Vice President.

Time-Frame: Spring

Field trip to Los Angeles for 4th and 5th graders with a day trip for 4th, overnight for 5th. Drivers and chaperons needed with Class D license. Contact Classroom Parent.

Time-Frame: All Year Long

Help your child’s teacher to communicate and coordinate needs for the classroom throughout the year. Contact the PTA President.

Time-Frame: All Year Long

Drivers needed with Class D license. Contact your child’s teacher for ongoing trips.

Time-Frame: All Year Long

Share your skills, passion, or profession with the students! Contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Time-Frame: All Year Long

Help keep our website updated, post current events to Facebook and Instagram, and send out newsletters. Contact Foundation Communications Board Member.

Time-Frame: All Year Long

Sell Apparel at school as well as some events. Explore online sales opportunities.

Time-Frame: As Needed

Have a flare for art? Contact your child’s teacher to offer your skills to assist with various projects.

Time-Frame: May elections for year-round position.

Board positions elected for next school year including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Hospitality. Contact current Foundation President.

Time-Frame: May elections for year-round position.

Take a board position and improve the overall quality of Hawthorne. Contact PTA President.

Time-Frame: All Year Long

Help our school principal budget and oversee federal funding and other programs. Contact school principal.

Time-Frame: All Year Long

Represent Hawthorne at the GATE District Advisory Council Meetings. Contact school principal.