Volunteers & Committees

There are so many ways to get involved… how will you volunteer?

We have a great school community of volunteers helping to support our teachers and students at Cornelius Elementary. Below is a description of committees at CES, and their chairperson(s) for the 2020-2021 school year. We are actively seeking volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year and need your help! Please reach out to indicate your interest, or to find out more! Contact us today!

Advocacy Fund – Amanda Knipp & Nikki Rayburn (2020-2021 & 2021-2022)

The Advocacy Fund provides financial assistance to our students in need; this fund is administered by our School Counselor. The fund chairperson serves as the liason between the Executive Board, the Fund and the school counselors. This committee operates year-round.

Art By Me – Shannon Kurz (2020-2021) ; Randi McClanahan (2021-2022)

This fundraiser is coordinated with Mrs. Gibson and our Art By Me representative. Students create masterpieces which parents can purchase on many different products. Committee volunteers help by working to meet deadlines, distributing Art By Me order forms and final products to students. This committee obligation is typically during the months of March – April. 

Book Fair – Danielle Heiler & Jennifer Saxton (2020-2021) ; Jennifer Saxton & Danielle Mikolajczyk (2021-2022)

CES holds one annual book fair in the spring. Many committee members work to make these events run smoothly for teachers and students. Volunteers help set up and break down book fairs, volunteer to help with class preview days, and volunteer during purchase days to help students find books and run the registers.

Cashback Rewards Programs – Angela Figueiredo & Erin Hoover

This Committee is responsible for raising funds through the collection of product labels, like Box Tops. It also assists in linking Harris Teeter VIC cards and promoting our link to Publix. Committee members assist by helping to collect, count and ship Box Tops (2x per year) and collect and mass link Harris Teeter VIC card numbers. This committee is busiest during Open House and the first few weeks of school. 

Celebrate the Arts– Gina McGowan & Kay Fisher (2020-2021) ; Nicole Monacell & OPEN Co-Chair (2021-2022)

This special event celebrates our students’ talents in art, music, dance and more. Committee volunteers help before, during and after the event by coordinating Talent Show, securing food vendors, securing event sponsors, and helping on the night of the event. This committee meets at the first of the year to prepare for the event in mid-March.

Community Night Events –  Bonnie Zentner (2020-2021 & 2021-2022)

This Coordinator works to organize a monthly event with local restaurants who generously agree to donate a portion of their sales from the evening back to the school. They also work to communicate these events with CES families.

Cougar DASH – Cynthia D’Ovidio (2020-2021) ; Nadia Ahmed & Ashley Leslie  (2020-2021 & 2021-2022)

Held in the fall, the Cougar DASH is our largest fundraiser. Students are asked to get pledges for the number of laps they run during the DASH, with ALL proceeds going directly to the school. Committee volunteers help before, during and after the event in many ways: seeking event sponsors and prize donations, securing equipment rentals, distributing pledge materials to the students, and volunteering during the event at water tables, marking laps for students, and of course, cheering them on!

Daughter Dance – Happy Whitaker and Shannon Ball (2020-2021 & 2021-2022)

This Committee works to transform our school cafeteria into the year’s theme and create a night of fun. This committee does everything including decorations, hiring a DJ, selecting food, managing ticket sales, and coordinating volunteers for setup and clean-up.

Fifth Grade Liaison – Happy Whitaker, Holly Sun, Rachelle Bissette (2020-2021) ; OPEN Co-Chairs (2021-2022)

The Liaison works closely with the 5th grade team to ensure the field trip to Washington, D.C. and the graduation experience are memorable for our students. They order class t-shirts, party sponsorship and coordinate event volunteers. This committee is active in the second half of the school year. 

Grants/ Sponsorship – Keri Gajewski (2020-2021) ; Keri Gajewski & OPEN Co-Chair (2021-2022)

This Committee’s responsibility is to research local business and corporation grants that match up with our school’s current needs. The Sponsorship arm of this committee will aid in this process by approaching local businesses for their support of identified projects, school events and fundraisers. Sponsorships help offset any costs associated with producing an event.

Grounds/Beautification – Ashlei Holton (2020-2021) ; Ashlei Holton & OPEN Co-Chair (2021-2022)

This committee works to keep the grounds beautiful and the school and surrounding area clean. Committee members assist by hosting Beautification Days, maintaining flowers at front of school and identifying potential improvements to the school. This committee is active year-round.

Holiday Store – Holly Sun and Jenn Claussner (2020-2021) ; Holly Sun and Rachelle Bissette (2021-2022)

The Holiday Store opens for one week each December. Students visit with their class to purchase gifts for family and friends. Volunteers help assist in ordering products and wrapping materials for the store, coordinate shopping times with teachers, donate time to help students shop, check-out and wrap their gifts, set up and clean up. This committee is active in November and early December. The time commitment is primarily for 2-5 days during the first part of December to set-up and host the event. This committee uses a large number of parent volunteers outside of the co-chairs. 

Hospitality/Staff Appreciation – Kathy Beshears & Toby Partridge (2020-2021) ; OPEN Co-Chairs (2021-2022)

This Committee works to ensure all teachers and staff members feel supported and appreciated throughout the year. We work to coordinate and facilitate Teacher Appreciation Week, the December Cookie Walk, provide snacks at monthly staff meetings and recognize teacher and staff birthdays.

PTO Membership – Pam Lilley

This Coordinator is responsible for adding all new names to the PTO database, including those for the DirectorySpot database.

Room Parent Coordinator – Nikki Donahue (2020-2021 & 2021-2022)

If you are interested in becoming a room parent, please be sure to check the box on your Parent Interest form. Room Parents are responsible for coordinating with parents on Teacher birthdays, Appreciation Week, PowerTime with a Purpose and holiday parties.

School Store –  Angela Figueiredo (2020-2021) ; Angela Figueiredo & OPEN Co-Chair (2021-2022)

The CES School Store is open each Wednesday and Friday morning during the school year from October to May. For the store to run smoothly, we count on this volunteer to manage orders with vendors for inventory,  process and deliver online orders, handle some minor accounting responsibilities, and work the store when needed.

Silent Auction – Nicole Monacell & Bonnie Zentner (2020-2021) ; OPEN Co-Chairs (2021-2022)

This fundraiser is held in the fall for all Cornelius Elementary and community families. It’s a wonderful way for parents and staff to mingle in a fun environment, all while supporting the school. Committee volunteers help before, during and after the event by requesting silent auction donations, distributing flyers, event setup and clean-up. This committee works closely with the CES PTO Board and will likely be a virtual event for 2021-2022 school year. 

Son EventOPEN Co-Chairs (2021-2022)

Each year CES hosts a Son Event. This committee works closely together to create a fun event, identify a date, send registration forms to students, collect RSVPs and collect ticket money and distribute tickets prior to the event, to ensure a seamless event night. This committee is active in the months of January – February. 

Yearbook –  Gina McGowan (2020-2021) ; Open Co-Chairs (2021-2022)

Our Yearbook Committee works with our school’s vendor to produce our CES yearbook using the provided software. The committee works together to collect photos from parents and staff members, coordinate school club photos, conduct a Yearbook Cover Contest, handle yearbook sales, and lay out the yearbook with captions and names. This committee work can primarily be done from your home and is most active during the months of January – April.