Committees and Programs

Lake Youngs PTSA is a volunteer organization and our success depends on the enthusiasm and efforts of its members. Every parent is welcome and encouraged to volunteer in whatever way he or she feels most comfortable. Getting involved in the PTSA is a great way to get to know other parents, staff and school life in general. It’s the best way to “stay in touch”.

There are a number of committees available, each requiring a different time commitment. There is a wide range of interests to choose from as well.

All parents are encouraged to sign up for as many events as they’d like. You may volunteer your help at any time throughout the school year by contacting the committee chairperson (via e-mail or phone) or the Co-Presidents of the Executive Board.  Email us at

2017-18 Executive Board:
President (Interim): Ann-Marie Pennington
Vice President – Stephanie Ness
Secretary – Nicole Jean
Treasurer (Interim)- Sandy Keller
Cashier – Tracy Prather

Art Docent Program: PTSA volunteers commit to teach an art lesson and lead the kids in an art project once a month or on a schedule worked out between the volunteer and classroom teacher.  Ideally there is an art docent for each classroom.  Supplies are provided by the PTSA.   You don’t need to be a great artist to be an art docent!  At the end of the school year, the kids’ art is displayed at the Art Walk. (Chairs: Anna Andreski and Kelly Humphrey, Volunteers needed: 1-2 per classroom, Time commitment: varies)

Auction:  The spring silent auction is held during the carnival and supports many of the programs and activities here at Lake Youngs Elementary.  The primary job responsibility for the committee co-chairs includes the planning and implementation of the auction.  Committee members will assist with class projects, advertising, procurement of donations, set-up and working the event.  Volunteers may work with individual classes on their class project/basket for the silent auction.  Committee meetings are required to organize the auction.  (Chairs: Katie Valencia and Stephanie Ness, Volunteers needed: 20+, Time Commitment: Varies)

Book Fair: An event that comes to Lake Youngs at least twice a year. Scholastic Books delivers books for all ages to purchase. The book company gives a percentage of the sales back to our school. Profits are used to purchase books for the library and classrooms. The Chairperson(s) are responsible for planning and holding the fair. This includes working directly with the book company, scheduling deliveries and pick ups, setting up and taking down the displays. They also coordinate all volunteers and are responsible for promotions, teacher discounts and financial reports. Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down the fair. They are also needed to work at the fair helping customers, straightening books or making pick ups at the warehouse. Volunteers may help out as much or as little as they choose. (Chair:  Jessica Green, Volunteers needed: 10-12, Time commitment: varies)

Box Tops, E-Scrips and Soup Labels: Committee will coordinate Box Top collection drives and submitting Box Tops for redemption.  Committee will manage relations with e-scrip offers, an innovative way for our  community to help earn money for our school.  They will help raise awareness and educate the LY community in getting registered to take advantage of offers that help bring rewards to our PTSA all year long.  (Chair: Cheryl Croft, Volunteers Needed: 3-4, Time Commitment: Varies)

Carnival: Carnival is a service to our children and community and requires the most volunteers. The primary job responsibilities for the committee chair(s) involve the planning and implementation of the Carnival, held annually at Lake Youngs. The committee plans games and food for the carnival. The chair(s) delegates a list of tasks to the volunteers. Committee meetings are required to organize tasks in addition to informal meetings among the volunteers. Various subcommittees may include crafts, games, ticket sales/advertising, kitchen, security, general store, bake sale, and sweet shop.  Committee meetings are required to organize tasks in addition to informal meetings among the subcommittees.  It is vital to have many subcommittee leaders and a grill master.  Planning begins in January.  (Chairs: Christina Hewlett and Bethany Main, Volunteers needed: 50+, Time Commitment: Varies)

Clothing Bank: The Kent Area Council operates the clothing bank out of the Phoenix Academy. The committee members are expected to sort clothing and work at the clothing bank during an assigned week. The committee may also hold clothing drives to benefit the clothing bank. (Chairs: Marissa Winmill, Mary Howes, Christina Hewlett, Volunteers needed: 5+, Time commitment: 5:30-8PM one evening during the school year)

Drama Club: Lake Youngs PTSA offers a Drama Club provided by Heavier than Air productions, from Green River Community College. The rehearsals and production will be handled by the Heavier than Air staff. Committee members will need to available to organize auditions, help with costumes, assist with dress rehearsal and performance and plan cast party. (Chairs: Lindsie Turville and Pepper Lum-Lung, Volunteers needed: 5-10, Time Commitment: Varies)

Emergency Preparedness: The committee is responsible for collecting/distributing the Emergency Preparedness Kits to the classrooms and checking each child’s name off of the list, verifying that each teacher has an emergency bag with a working flashlight and supplies. Volunteers may collaborate with school administration to work on our school’s disaster plan. (Chair: Lyn Wolf and Nicole Jean, Volunteers needed: 4+, Time Commitment: 2 hrs. mo. (Sept – Nov))

Fall Fundraiser:  Cookie Dough sales are our main fundraiser.  Typically sales are in October and delivery of cookie dough happens just before Thanksgiving.  Volunteers are needed to help plan and advertise the cookie dough sales and to assist with collecting orders and then distributing product on the date of delivery.  (Chairs: Stephanie Ness and Katie Valencia, Volunteers Needed: 12, Time Commitment: Varies)

Family Fun Night: Family Fun Nights are fun-filled evenings provided by our PTSA to the children of Lake Youngs and their families. Family Fun Nights can be anything you imagine: a dance, a Halloween party… the sky is the limit!  Typically 1-3 events per year.  (Chair: Stephanie Ness, Volunteers needed: 10+, Time commitment: varies)

Family Reading Night: Family Reading Night is a celebration of Read Across America. We provide authors, readers, illustrators, music and snacks to inspire and instill a love of reading in our students. Its usually held on March 2nd (Dr. Seuss’s birthday) (Chair: Susanne Unger, Volunteers needed: 5-10, Time Commitment: Varies)

Financial Document Review Committee: is comprised of 3 PTSA members in good standing whose purpose is to review the financial records of the Lake Youngs PTSA. (Volunteers needed: 3, Time commitment: 2 times per year (February & July)

Grizzly Reader Club: Encourages and rewards student and staff reading efforts. Chair duties include printing and distributing Grizzly Reader Club material, collecting student time sheets, documenting time sheets, giving out student reading certificates and rewards weekly during student lunch times, and assistance with the Grizzly Reader party at the completion of the program (Chairs: Micheline Lopez and Sundee Frazier, Volunteers Needed: 3+, Time Commitment: Varies)

Health and Welfare: Health and Welfare Committee exists to support the health and welfare of all children in our school community.  (Chair: Allyson Johnson,  Time commitment: 1-6 hours per month)

The Hospitality Committee provides beverages and snacks for select events throughout the year including: Welcome Back event in September, breakfast and lunch for the Science Fair judges in March, Hi-Cap Orientation, and Kindergarten Round-up. Committee members will be asked to join in providing menu items and work the events. (Chair: Stephanie McNeilly, Volunteers needed: 4, Time commitment: 1-4 hrs. per month)

Ice Cream Social:  Lake Youngs Ice Cream Socials take place during the Fall (November) and the Spring (March) and are held in conjunction with the PTSA  General Membership meetings.  Committee members help with set-up, clean-up and serve ice cream and toppings.  Alternately, committee may choose to serve Italian Sodas.  (Chair: Executive Board, Volunteers needed: 12-20, Time Commitment: varies)

Legislation: The legislative chair’s responsibilities are to develop an effective advocacy team that communicates the PTSA’s perspective on legislation and related issues to elected officials – on the school board, in the State Legislature and in the United States Congress as well as keeping the general membership informed of legislative issues and developments. The Legislative Committee Chair requires as little as two hours per month – one hour attending the monthly board meeting and one hour staying informed, writing related articles for the monthly newsletter/website and making calls if necessary. (Chair: OPEN)

Membership: Committee members may be asked to assist with the following: communication to parents and community through flyers and newsletter articles, assembling and distributing membership packets, managing the membership bulletin board in the front lobby, supplying a current membership roster for the general meetings and entering new members into the State PTA database. Time commitment for committee members varies. Time commitment can be a few hours to several hours…Flexible days and times. Most time requirements are from late August to November. The only daytime requirement is to create the deposit slips, so this committee works best with at least one member who has some daytime availability. Everything else can be accomplished during day or evening hours. (Chair: Shannon Stephenson)

Newsletter: The newsletter volunteers are responsible for copying and distributing the Lake Youngs PTSA monthly newsletter that is created by the newsletter editor. Duties include the use of the school Riso to copy the newsletter, collating, stapling and distributing the newsletters to each class via teacher mailboxes. (Chair: Lyn Wolf, Volunteers needed: 2, Time commitment: 4 hours, one day a month)

Nomination:  This committee requires volunteers to help identify candidates for next year’s PTSA Executive Board, which consists of Co-President, Co-Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer and Cashier.  (Volunteers Needed: 3, Time Commitment: March)           

Reflections: A national arts recognition and achievement program which provides students with the opportunity to create and be recognized for their original works of art based on a pre-selected theme. Volunteer duties will include printing and sorting Reflections Program materials, collecting and documenting submitted art projects, displaying submitted artwork on selected school bulletin boards and display cases, planning and help during Reflections Awards Presentation. (Chair: Wendy Lueck, Volunteers needed: 2-6, Time Commitment: 2-5 hrs. per month September – December)

Science Fair: The primary job responsibilities involve the planning and implementation of the Science Fair held annually at Lake Youngs. The planning centers on delegating a list of tasks with the committee volunteers. Two or three committee members are required to organize tasks in addition to informal meetings among the chair(s). The chair(s) also purchase ribbons and display boards along with other minor budgetary items, organize parent/information nights at the school, “sell” the fair to students through classroom visits, work with the teachers and the principal to coordinate place and time and distribute advertisements in the Grizzly Flyers and PTSA newsletter. During the days leading up to the fair, projects are checked in, cataloged and made available for classroom viewing. On the day of the fair, judges are welcomed and supported by the chairs, judging points are tallied, certificates and ribbons placed and projects readied for the parent open house.

As a chair(s), the Science Fair really is a rewarding experience. Seeing the wonderful projects and enthusiasm by the children makes all the work worthwhile. If you choose to volunteer for this committee, your tasks can vary from working on the advertisements, assisting with the 3 help sessions, selling display boards and helping to check in projects on the days leading up to the fair. Since the tasks are quite organized, a volunteer can pick and choose a level of work that would fit with their schedule. Committee meetings are also fun and a great way to meet other parents from Lake Youngs! (Chair: Noreen LaTour & co-chair needed, Volunteers needed: 8, Time commitment: 3-6 hrs. per month (January-March))

Sixth Grade Party: Volunteers for the Sixth Grade Party will be asked to participate in planning meetings to create the theme, decorations, activities and menu as well as make phone calls to solicit donations for the event. Use your right brain to help create and install the decorations and props appropriate for the selected theme of the year, create and or provide food and refreshments as well as supervise the event itself. Other duties may include the creation of a memory book, DVD, t-shirts, etc. all while keeping within the allotted budged. (Chairs: Stephanie McNeilly and Katie Valencia, Volunteers needed: 15-20, Time commitment: varies)

Spirit Sale Committee: is responsible for providing Lake Youngs Grizzlies apparel for purchase by Lake Youngs Elementary students and their families. Committee responsibilities include product design and selection, order tabulation, delivery to students. (Chair: Kelly Humphrey)

Spring Fundraiser: Our Spring Fundraiser will be determined this Fall. Volunteers are needed to help advertise and collect order forms, and then to distribute the products.  (Chair: Stephanie Ness, Volunteers Needed: 6+, Time Commitment: Varies)     

Staff Appreciation: The Staff Appreciation Committee sponsors monthly staff lunches for the Lake Youngs Staff throughout the school year. Volunteers will be asked to participate in theme planning as well as help provide food and drink for scheduled luncheons.  (Chair: Shannon Stephenson, Volunteers needed: 20+, Time Commitment: 2-4 hrs. per month)

Sunshine and Rain: The Sunshine and Rain chair purchases gifts/cards for staff and PTSA members who are dealing with life’s ups and downs. For example if someone has a baby or is getting married we send a sunshine gift, or if someone is experiencing a hardship like an illness or death of a loved one. We also try to respond (when appropriate). We always hope for sunshine for our staff and members but also want them to know our PTSA cares when life brings rain. (Chair: Allyson Johnson)

Talent Show: Talent Show chairperson responsibilities include scheduling facilities, creating audition opportunities, judge selections, event promotion, coordinating volunteer help, holding rehearsal and final event details.  (Chair: Pepper Lum-Lung, Volunteers needed: 8+, Time Commitment: Approx. March – May )

Welcome Back to School Night:  A fun evening of games and information just before the start of school.  (C0-Chairs: PTSA board members, Volunteers needed: 10 or more, August)

Yearbook:  The Yearbook chair is responsible for taking and gathering photos throughout the school year, the layout and ordering of the yearbooks along with the sales to students. (Chair: Kelly Humphrey and Jannah Pettibone, Volunteers needed: 5+, Time Commitment: varies)