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Howard Drive PTA needs you! Volunteers are the backbone of Howard Drive Elementary School. Our children count on you and no effort is too small or too big. Our strength is in the people who care enough to give their time. Volunteer opportunities are continuously available and we can always find something that will fit your schedule and abilities.

To sign up to volunteer for any of the following opportunities, please complete the form below. Descriptions of the opportunities are below the form. 

Remember: You need to apply for a volunteer number through the MDCPS website in order to volunteer at the school. If you already have a number, you need to reapply at the beginning of each school year. After you apply, you will need to take a photo ID to the office at Howard Drive to finalize the process. You can apply for or renew your number online here (select Apps/Services/Sites from the main menu and then click on 'Be a School Volunteer').

Volunteer Sign-up Form

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We are currently in need of volunteers for the following:

Gardening/Beautification Committee • NEW!
Help keep our school looking beautiful. Plant new plants, help weed and distribute mulch. Work can be completed anytime it is convenient for you throughout the year.

Grants and Awards Committee • NEW!
Help apply for grants and awards.

School Store 
Responsible for opening school store in the morning and selling school store items as well as distributing Accelerated Reader prizes to students with coupons. You can volunteer to do this one or more days a week. Hours are from 8-8:30am, Monday - Friday.

Collecting Box Tops
Assist with collecting and counting box tops to turn in by deadlines (deadlines are March 1st and November 1st).

Wellness Wednesday (formerly known as Fruity Friday)
Responsibilities include purchasing (with PTA provided budget) healthy snack selections and selling them after school on Wednesdays.

PTA Information Window
Keep calendars and flyers current in display case. Should be updated once monthly. 

Changing the Marquee
Assisting in updating the marquee once or twice a month.

AR Committee
Helping record student points, distribute incentives and organize reward parties. This program runs throughout the school year.

Fifth Grade Committee
Assist in fundraising for fifth grade and plan fifth grade activities throughout the school year.

Relay For Life
Help organize a team and fundraise for March 18th event. Most of the work for this takes place in February and March.

Canned Food Drive
Assist in collection of canned food items to benefit families in need. The canned food drive takes place on November 18th.

Book Fair
Help with set up, assisting students with purchases during the designated weeks, and clean up after the event has ended. The Book Fair takes place twice a year, once in September and once in February or March.

Fall Fundraiser
Assist in collecting order forms, handing out incentive prizes and distributing products upon arrival. The fundraiser takes place in September and delivery day is in October or November.

Math Superstars
Responsible for helping to grade classroom worksheets turned in by students on a weekly basis, helping with incentives, parties, etc. throughout the school year to keep students motivated.

Volunteer Organizer
Help find parent and high school volunteers for Fun Fair and assist in placement of these volunteers during Fun Fair on November 5th. 

Banner Hanging Committee
Help hang sponsor banners in various spots on school grounds. Banners are hung 4 times a year and it takes about an hour to move them each time.

Silent Auction Committee
Help with collection and organization of items for the Fun Fair auction on November 5th. Collections take place in September and October.

Teacher Appreciation
Help with Teacher Appreciation activities and collection of donations. This takes place in April and the first week
of May.