PTSO welcomes all volunteers at Union! We offer several events throughout the year that require extra help from our school community to make them successful. Union families give time during and after school hours, donate food and drinks, work on projects from home, and reach out to our West Chester/Liberty Township community for support. We hope you will find your fit with PTSO at Union Elementary!

Volunteer for one or more of PTSO Events to serve Union students, families and staff. We need you and your talents! Together, we make great things happen for our children at Union.


How can you make a difference?


  • ·         Give your time at a PTSO Event
  • ·         Clip Box Tops
  • ·         Send in canned goods for Spirit Fridays
  • ·         Encourage your child to be involved in an After-School Program
  • ·         Cheer on your student at Celebration of the Arts Night
  • ·         Bring your family to Family Fun Nights, Fall Festival, or Hawks Nights Out
  • ·         Donate food or drinks
  • ·         Ask your employer to support Union’s fundraisers
  • ·         Help lead one of the PTSO teams


Here’s a list of PTSO Volunteer Opportunities. Join us!

General Volunteer Form - Click here for the volunteer form.



After-School Programs

Union offers three sessions of After-School Programs in Fall, Winter, and Spring, and a Basketball program that runs December-March. Help schedule after school enrichment opportunities and process registrations.


Birthday Celebrations

Help with monthly lunchtime student birthday celebrations by decorating and greeting birthday students and families.


Book Fairs

Twice a year, the Media Center is converted into a booklovers paradise, stocked with Scholastic books geared specifically for Union’s students. Proceeds from the Fair go toward adding resources to the library’s shelves and stocking classrooms with books by grade level.

Volunteers are needed to set up, clean up, man the cash registers, and help the student shoppers at two Scholastic Book Fairs each school year. One Fair is held during the Fall Festival; the other is during Celebration of the Arts Night.


Box Tops

Clip and save Box Tops for Education from hundreds of your favorite products to trade in for money for Union. A PTSO Box Top Coordinator is needed to advertise and organize Box Top collection periods two times per year, in the Fall and Spring. Volunteers help sort and count so Union gets the best reward possible from the donations.

 Click here for the Box Tops flyer.


Celebration of the Arts Night

We have so many artistic students at Union Elementary and this night is designed to showcase and showoff their talents! For this evening event in May, help fill the Union hallways with beautiful artwork created by our students, organize students who will fill the stage with musical and dramatic talents, or donate and serve desserts on this night when the Union Stars shine!



Keep staff and parents up-to-date on what is going on at Union by updating the Facebook page with photos and reminders of upcoming events and opportunities for parent involvement. You can even post cute pictures of all of the adorable Union kids doing awesome Union activities.


Community Rewards

Support our school while you shop! Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com to link your Kroger Plus card to Union Elementary. At Amazon, a portion of your purchases comes back to benefit our school. Download the Shoparoo app at iTunes or Google Play to take pictures with your phone to earn points for our school. Volunteer leaders advertise the rewards programs and collect the donations throughout the year.

Click here for the Community Rewards flyer.


Display Cases/ Bulletin Boards

If Pinterest and craft stores are your cup of tea, then volunteer to ensure Union continues to have the most creative display cases and bulletin boards! Parents and staff will admire all you have done as they enter the school. Responsibilities are to help prepare monthly displays for the PTSO display case and bulletin boards in the Atrium.


District Parent Council Representatives

Each school in the Lakota Local School District elects two representatives to serve for the year on the District Parent Council (DPC). This board meets 4-6 times per year at Central Office along with the Superintendent, two School Board members and various district officials to learn about new programs, discuss key areas of focus for the district, and to bring from our schools any questions, areas of concern or rumors to be dispelled/clarified.

This organization assists with setting the district calendar, spearheads levy efforts during election years with a levy on the ballot, and sponsors both the central office appreciation luncheon and the Barb Bossu Volunteer Leadership Award ceremony every spring, honoring one volunteer from each school in the district and one selected for contributions across the Lakota district. If you find yourself wondering why something was done a particular way, you are welcome to contact your DPC Reps with your questions or feedback.


Fall Festival

Fall Festival is a full-blown carnival that takes over the entire building with games, prizes, dinner, treats, fun activities, Book Fair, raffle baskets and more! A huge fundraiser like the Fall Festival requires a lot of volunteers. Please consider sharing some of your time to run a game, serve some food, or sell some tickets – there’s a job for everyone! If you know of a community group that may be willing to provide volunteers for the evening, please be in touch with PTSO. We welcome all the help we can get for this all-hands-on-deck experience, held one Friday evening each October.


Family Fun Nights

Aid in planning three affordable, theme-based family events each school year. Help with ticket sales, set up, clean up, hosting, and serving snacks.


Future Hawks Nights

Celebrate Union’s connection to Lakota East High School at a high school football and basketball game each season. Work on a committee of East feeder schools to plan and host a gathering for pre-game fun, a parade on the field or court, and recognition for students’ Hawk pride.


Grandparents’ Day

For two days in September, Union welcomes grandparents and special family members and friends to join their students for lunch in the Café. Volunteer to help plan a special lunch to honor our special guests. Assist with set up, decorations, welcoming visitors, clean up, or capturing photos.


Hawks Night Out

Hawks Nights Out give Union students a playdate with their school friends and a group rate to the area’s hot spots for kids. Volunteers are needed to plan, negotiate, and organize these special evenings.


Health Screenings

Do you have experience in healthcare or have a comforting presence with children? We need you to help Union’s Nurse with vision and hearing screenings on two fall dates each year.


Honor Roll Celebrations

PTSO holds three yearly Honor Roll parties to recognize students who have achieved Honor Roll status. PTSO needs an extra hand making popcorn or other snacks and hanging decorations. As a bonus, volunteers for this program get to celebrate with the kids for a job well done! Parties are held during lunch periods, by grade, at the end of Quarters 1, 2, and 3.



Are baking and cooking your favorite hobbies? Maybe you know the best place to buy cupcakes! Hospitality is a perfect way to help out, for those who make their own treats or like to plan parties. PTSO’s team of hospitality volunteers honor Union’s teachers and staff as they plan and organize meals or other events, make/donate food, help set up/decorate, serve food and clean up afterwards.


Media Center

Do books make your heart sing? Do you want to help instill a love of reading in Union students? Volunteer in our Media Center and see what the kids are reading. Duties include checking library materials in and out, assisting students, and returning books to the shelves.


Picture Days

Help Union’s students put on their best smile for Picture Days, held once in the fall and again during the spring. Work directly with students to polish faces and smooth hair before this year’s school photo is snapped.


PIE (Progress in Education) Awards

Progress in Education (PIE) Awards events are held two times each year, in December and May. Teachers choose students who have excelled in an area of study who are honored with a breakfast ceremony. Assist by donating food and preparing and decorating for the breakfast awards. Donuts with sprinkles are always a favorite!


Sixth Grade Social

This event is designed to celebrate our hardworking 6th grade students, to thank them for their model years as Union students, and to wish them well while they head off to junior high school. Join the PTSO team that plans and hosts the biggest party of the students’ Union years.


Spirit Fridays

Held on several Fridays each year, Spirit Fridays are when students show off their Union spirit! Students wear their Spirit Wear in school colors – red and black. They also show off their generosity toward our community’s members in need by collecting canned goods and personal items to be donated to Reach Out Lakota, an organization that offers assistance to local families. Volunteers collect, count, and pack donated goods from students on Spirit Friday mornings for pick up by Reach Out Lakota.

Shop for Union Hawks Spirit Wear


Spirit Wear

We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you? Help design, market, and sell Union Spirit Wear: t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, socks, and more. Marketing and accounting experience is especially welcome on this volunteer team.

Shop for Union Hawks Spirit Wear


Teacher Appreciation

We at Union love our teachers and want them to know how much we care. Volunteers for this service distribute cards to teachers on their birthdays, assist with teacher appreciation luncheons and other back-to-school activities to celebrate and support Union’s teachers.



Walk-a-Thon puts the “fun” back into “fundraising!” This fundraiser encourages students to walk, hop, limbo, skip, tip toe and more while raising money to support Union’s students and teachers for the school year. As one of two big fall fundraisers that fund the entire school year’s PTSO events, many volunteers are needed on the day of the Friday event, held during student lunch times. This event requires a team of volunteers to plan the day of fun for the students and gain support from local businesses for donations of money, goods, services, and student rewards.



Are you great with a camera and have a knack for taking photos? Do you have experience with writing, scrapbooking or layout? Volunteer to be a part of the team that assembles the Yearbook. Keep the fun happenings of the school year alive in the Union students’ memories forever.