Volunteering at Sampson Elementary

It takes all kinds of superhero to make it work! 


At Sampson, we are fortunate to be a part of a diverse community celebrated for it's unique talents! We are proud to welcome all families, caregivers and guardians, whether working inside or outside of the home to come explore the ways one can volunteer and be a part of this amazing experience!


Check out the list below and if you have any questions do not hesitate to reference the FAQ link below or email us at sampsonpto@gmail.com


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 


BINGO night is such a fun family event in February!  This committee will work together to coordinate tickets, food, prizes and more. This is a great event to meet new friends, work with local businesses, and interact with the Sampson teachers!


JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.


Who doesn’t love books? Once a year, Sampson will host a Scholastic book fair in which your child, as well as yourself can come shop and purchase from a wide array of books. This committee will assist Mrs. Maddan, our librarian with setup, working the book fair as well as take down. 

Business sponsorships

A big part of Sampson PTO is working within the community to partner with local businesses to help support the schools needs throughout the year. This committee will be working to call, recruit and recognize our local businesses support.

Cultural Events

Each year, Sampson could host an array of events that focus on diverse cultures and offer a cultural experience for children. These could include Texian time machine, Anne Frank exhibit, Planetarium or other programs not yet identified. This committee would help in coordinating the event, recruiting volunteers and working with the school or district liaison for the events. 


The Imagination Garden is a special part of our 2nd and 3rd Grade science program.  On garden days, 2nd and 3rd Graders work in the garden where they learn how to grow vegetables from seed, care for crops organically and how to enjoy the harvest!  All lessons are prepared and delivered, to our teachers by Ms. Stephanie Baker with Ready To Grow Gardens. These lessons are in line with science curriculum objectives set by the district and the school.  Whether you have a green thumb or a black one, the garden is always in need of volunteers to help ensure the success of the garden with tasks such as watering, pruning and weeding.  Shifts are only an hour long, and little ones are welcome.  Volunteers are also needed to help out with special projects like the “Salad Party Day” where students discover the joy of eating fresh veggies from their own garden! 

Grade level committees

To better serve every grade level and all teachers, there will be a committee for each grade. The grade level committee replaces the previous Homeroom parent program. The grade level committees will be responsible for assisting the teacher’s needs, purchasing gifts with the money collected, event photography and class parties. You will no longer be responsible for collecting money into your personal account for the teachers’ gift. All donations will be collected via the Sampson PTO website. The grade level reps will then receive a check for each teacher based on the amount collected. Grade level committees will be based on the enrollment for each grade. For example, if 5th grade has 12 classrooms, the 5th grade committee will require a larger number of volunteers. 

Health and welfare clinic

Our Sampson clinic can see more than 70 students daily, and PTO provides volunteers to work in the clinic with Nurse Alms.  Many commit to a weekly or bi-weekly time block, but we also need substitutes available.  Clinic Volunteers help students get in and back to class as efficiently as possible.  They assist with paperwork, temperature taking and basic first aid.This year we will also be hosting a clothes drive to keep the nurse stocked with outfits for students who need an extra set to change into. 


There is also a 3 day Hearing and Vision screening each Fall.  Volunteers are needed, both certified (to assist with the actual screening) and non-certified (to assist with moving the classes through the process smoothly).

Junior achievement

JA is a volunteer-delivered, K-12 program that empowers young people to own their economic success.  It fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school.


Volunteers attend one JA Orientation Meeting (only once, EVER)!  Then they pick up the FULLY DEVELOPED kit that has the curriculum written out and all the materials needed.  Using these provided materials, present (5) 20-30 minute sessions to a class of students. (Volunteer schedules these with the classroom teacher so it can be flexible with his/her schedule).  We are so grateful for the volunteers that allow us to bring this program to Sampson!


Volunteer responsibilities include assisting our Librarian, Mrs. Maddan, and students on a regularly scheduled weekly basis, and assisting with all Library fundraisers.  If a weekly commitment is more than you can be available, we welcome any time you can help us in the Library and with Library activities!

Music & arts

As a music volunteer, duties may include working side by side with Mrs. Applewhite for various classroom needs and especially in preparation for the 1st, 3rd and 5th grade music programs throughout the year.  Creative tasks might include collecting supplies to create props, creating backdrops for musical programs and performances, and helping with winter and year-end choir parties.

Paper directory

The Sampson paper directory is one of our most popular publications each year. The directory provides all the essential information, phone numbers and emails addresses for not only the school but your child’s classmates as well! The directory cover is also an art contest and each year a child’s artwork adorns the cover as well as grade level artwork throughout the book.

Picture day

Each year the school will offer pictures for your child individually as well as a class picture. On these days, the school will need volunteers to assist in getting children to and from classrooms, order forms and generally assist with the photographers requests.

popsicle party

Help us organize a back to school event for Sampson families. You will be working on a committee to solicit donations from local businesses for popsicles, water bottles, coolers and ice. The PTO board members and volunteers will help pass out popsicles and introduce new friends to the Sampson teachers!

PTO Breakfast 

PTO Breakfast is a one-time event that allows Sampson families to come up to school and learn all about PTO! We have speakers and the entire executive board available to not only meet you but answer any questions you may have. This committee will help with the sponsorship, coordination of all aspects of this fun event! 

Science resource center

This little space isn't enough to hold SRC!  We welcome all volunteers to come participate in our science special demonstrations to nurture curiosity and stimulate interest and motivation! 


Check out the SRC Info page for all the details.

Social media

Responsible for creating and administering content on all social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, to build an audience and ensure community engagement. The Specialist may also assist in social media campaigns, monitor site metrics, respond to reader comments, and assist with creative design.


Sampson PTO Facebook

Sampson PTO Instagram

Sampson PTO Twitter

Spirit days and nights

Throughout the school year, Sampson PTO will partner with a local business to offer a product and Sampson receives a portion of the proceeds. This committee will help work to facilitate those spirit days or nights with the local business and recruit any volunteers needed. 

spirit shop

The spirit shop is proud to serve our Sampson community of families, students, faculty and staff, by providing spirit wear and other school-supporting products.  We set up a booth during the lunch periods 3 times a year, as well as at Meet the Teacher.  The spirit shop goal is to be an educational, fun and positive experience for the students.

Spirit wear

Spirit wear is so much fun! The PTO designs tshirts, as well as other items that can be purchased via the Sampson pto website, under spirit store. Typically, there are three different designs offered each year and they are delivered at Meet the Teacher or to your child’s classroom throughout the year. This committee will involve ordering, tracking inventory and making deliveries!

Staff appreciation

We love our teachers and staff, and this committee coordinates several lunches and events during the school year to show them our appreciation!  We will have sign ups available for ways to contribute to these special treat days and lunches, whether by contributing to the food or contributing your time!  This committee also puts together some fun gifts and prizes for Teacher Appreciation week in May.

volunteer appreciation

At the end of the school year, we love to celebrate all the volunteers that helped make the year a success. This is a one-time event that takes place in May and will be a breakfast in the school cafeteria. This committee will help coordinate the event, food, drinks and necessary support! 


Each year there are hundreds of images captured to help us tell the story of your child’s school year. This committee works very hard to not only capture images, but also build the pages of the yearbook. Any previous design or art experience is a plus but not mandatory by any means!


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