616-842-1282 ext. 201
616-842-1282 ext. 202
616-842-1282 ext. 200
As a ministry of the parish, St. Mary's School embraces stewardship. St. Mary's has many opportunities for individuals to share their time, talents, and treasure. We encourage all families to become involved in our volunteer opportunities and experience the joy of giving! Most of our programs are run by volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to stay connected and informed. Your involvement is an important part of our success and excellence.
PTO MEETINGS: The PTO meets the first Tuesday of each month from September through May in the Abbey/Lunch Room. Meetings begin at 9:00 AM. We hold 2-3 evening meetings per school year. Connect with us on Facebook for up-to-date reminders and information. A PTO representative will contact you with details. PTO LINK
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Chairperson (plus approx. 25 volunteers) needed for each of our two book fair events every year. Duties consist of set up/take down of books, selling books to students and teachers during fair, after Masses and before and after the Winter Program. (December & May). A PTO representative will contact you with details. PTO LINK
JINGLE BELL PARADE: 2+ Chairpersons needed for Jingle Bell parade to be a success. The parade is always the 1st Saturday of December each year. Duties consist of securing a generator or battery for lights and sound (optional), get Nativity from church, advertise/promote, get hay bales, and pick up handouts/candy for kids to distribute (reimbursement for cost), secure event registration with the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce. A PTO representative will contact you with details. PTO LINK
SUMMER COAST GUARD KIDS PARADE: 2+ Chairpersons needed for the Summer Coast Guard Kids Parade to be a success. This parade is held the last Saturday in July (please confirm with Coast Guard office for date). Duties consist of securing the school banner for the parade (currently stored at The Grossman’s), promoting the event and gathering volunteer families to walk/ride on the float in the parade, buy candy to distribute at parade (reimbursement for cost), sign up with the Coast Guard office in Grand Haven. A PTO representative will contact you with details. PTO LINK
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: 3+ Volunteers preferred for coordinating volunteers to bring in food for staff luncheon, setup and clean up, putting together display (3 boards) of service acts, school events, and teacher/staff/alumni information all highlighting St. Mary’s School, set up and take down, complete paperwork for approval to secure date/space to set up 2 or 3 tables, covered with linen to display school athletic trophies in the gathering space, and coordination/ordering of spirit wear for students to wear that week. A PTO representative will contact you with details PTO LINK
ALLELUIA DAY BINGO: 2+ Volunteers needed to get approval and complete paperwork for date of event, pick up prizes, and card markers/cereal, setup and clean up room, and print bingo cards. A PTO representative will contact you with details PTO LINK
GRAND FRIENDS DAY: 4+ Chairpersons needed (plus approx. 25 volunteers) for coordination date/completing paperwork, securing volunteers for setup/serving/cleanup, securing volunteers to bring in desserts, preparation of beverages to be served, people to assist Grand Friends with directions positioned in front of elementary and middle school buildings and at church gathering space and entrances, basic support during brief Open House. A PTO representative will contact you with details PTO LINK
END OF YEAR FIELD DAY/HOT DOG ROAST: 4+ chairpersons needed (plus approx. 45 volunteers) for securing date/paperwork, coordination of teams, ordering/distributing bandanas, volunteer coordination for running games, serving food, making announcements and time keeping, game coordinator needed, setup of games, and a chair to coordinate food preparation and food service. A PTO representative will contact you with details. PTO LINK
SUMMER FESTIVAL & 5K: Several chairpersons and volunteers are needed to coordinate various carnival style games, raffle sales, concessions, setup/cleanup, etc. This is an event that takes all year to plan. The festival coordinator will contact you with details.
SUMMER WHITE ELEPHANT SALE: Several volunteers needed to collect, sort, and arrange donations that include household items, clothing etc. that will be on display for sale in the middle school and grade school building classrooms. The Summer White Elephant Coordinator will contact you with details.
UNITY AUCTION SUMMER GOLF OUTING FUNDRAISER – Hosted by St. Mary’s School – (August): Several volunteers needed to help make this fun fundraiser successful. No need to know how to golf. Help is needed for acquisition of auction items, selling raffle tickets, checking teams in at the registration desk, etc. The Golf Outing Coordinator will contact you with details.
UNITY AUCTION SUMMER GOLF OUTING FUNDRAISER – Hosted by St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church – (September): Several volunteers needed to help make this fun fundraiser successful. No need to know how to golf. Help is needed for acquisition of auction items, selling raffle tickets, checking teams in at the registration desk, etc. All proceeds benefit St. Mary's Tri-Cities Unity Auction. The Golf Outing Coordinator will contact you with details.
UNITY AUCTION FUNDRAISING EVENT AND DINNER (February): Several volunteers needed to help the night of the auction and several months prior in various capacities. Positions include securing sponsors, acquisitions in a range of categories for live auction and gift card frenzy, raffle ticket sales, auction spotters, setup/cleanup, décor, attendee/seating coordinator, invitation/catalog design/development and printing, thank you letters, mailings, etc. Visit http://www.tricitiesunityauction.org for more details. The Unity Auction Chairperson will contact you with details. AUCTION LINK
ST. PATRICK-ST. ANTHONY EUCHRE PARTY: (January/February): Several volunteers needed to help the night of the event and preceding the event in various capacities. All proceeds benefit St. Mary’s School/Auction Fund. Contact Katie at St. Patrick’s for more information.
RACE FOR EDUCATION FUNDRAISER (February - May): Several volunteers needed to help with Race preparations (paperwork, filing, envelopes, etc.) and the day of the Race which is held during the school day in May. The Race for Education Chairperson will contact you with details. RACE FOR EDUCATION LINK
LUNCH ROOM HELPERS: Several volunteers needed to help in the lunchroom from 11:15 to 12:30 daily during class lunch times. Duties include K-8 table supervision, assisting kids, helping with setup, hot and cold lunch student check lists, distribution of milk/water, washing tables, moving used trays/utensils into kitchen, etc. This commitment lasts the entire school year (1-day per week).The Director of Food Service will contact you with details.
PLAYGROUND HELPERS: Volunteers are needed for special occasions/events. Coordinator will contact you with details.
ST. MARY’S ATHLETICS: Several volunteers needed in a variety of positions including basketball coaches for grades 5/6 and 7/8 for both boys and girls teams, time keepers, concessions, cheerleading coach, etc. (If your child participates in athletics, the coaching staff will require you to volunteer in some capacity. This is in addition to any other volunteer opportunities listed here.) The Athletic Director will contact you with details. ATHLETICS LINK
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