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The Pioneer Valley Christian Academy Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) is a volunteer organization consisting of parents who intend to be the light of Christ through servant leadership.  The PVO will act as the link between volunteers and the service opportunities at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy.  The PVO will function as the central hub for volunteer inquiries and volunteer staffing.  As we serve, we desire to enhance our children’s educational experience, support our teachers, staff and administration, and build a strong sense of community at PVCA. 

Melissa Horn
Kirsten Ondrick
Kolu Sharpe

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Annual Mums Sale

Monday, September 30, 2:00-4:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Set Up-October 7, 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Volunteers are needed to help unload and arrange mum plants. Tents and tables will need to be set up in preparation for customer pick up.

Distribution Crew-October 7, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Customers will arrive to pick up their pre-ordered mums between 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Volunteers are needed to help distribute mum orders and collect payment if due.

Traffic Attendants-October 7, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Mum pick up takes place before and during school pick up. Traffic attendants are needed to help keep car line moving.

Clean Up-October 7, 4:00 – 4:30 PM
Volunteers are needed to help reload mums onto racks, break down tables and tent, and return any unfilled orders to the conference room located outside the front office.






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Grandparents’ Day

Friday, October 11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Room Set Up-Thursday, October 10
Volunteers will be needed throughout the day on Thursday, October 10, to help with decorating the school entrances, refreshment tables, and dining tables. 

Food Prep-Friday, October 11, 8:00 AM – Noon
Volunteers are needed in the cafeteria after drop off to help with prepping and plating the food for the refreshment tables. Once the event begins, the same volunteers will continue to restock the tables as needed.

Parking Attendants-October 11, 8:30 – 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Volunteers are needed to help control incoming traffic to the parking lot in the morning prior to the event starting as well as immediately following the event. Vests will be provided.

Hall Monitors-October 11, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Volunteers are needed to help direct Grandparents to their grandchild’s classroom. Each volunteer will be assigned a grade and location to report to when grandparents are dismissed at 9:30 AM. 

Clean-Up – Friday, October 11, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Volunteers are needed to help clean up after the event. Cleaning includes but is not limited to: putting away refreshments, clearing tables, breaking down tables, breaking down chairs, breaking down decorations, and returning decorations to storage.






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Thankful Thursday

Thursday, October 24, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Food Donation
Before each Thankful Thursday event, the PVO creates and sends out a sign up with a list of all lunch items needed for the menu. Parents are welcome to either pick an item off the list or donate money towards the event. When donating a food item, deliver the item to the front office during school hours the Wednesday before the event or after drop off Thursday morning. To donate funds, drop an envelope off at the front office marked, Thankful Thursday donation.

Event Volunteers-Thursday, October 24, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Volunteers are needed to prep the Thankful Thursday lunch, set up tables, replenish buffet during the lunch, and clean up after the luncheon.

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The energy and talents of our parents and volunteers to run programs and schedule special events to enhance student education and enrich student life. 


Support, and bless our teachers, staff, and administration.


School spirit and community amongst Pioneer Valley Christian Academy families, teachers, administration, staff, and the board of directors.


To provide additional equipment, services, scholarships, and special programs.


Teacher Appreciation Week Committee

The PVO desires to show our support of and honor the teachers and staff during national teacher appreciation week, May 4-8, 2020. We are looking for two or three volunteers who are willing to take on this weeklong event. Committee volunteers will be asked to come with up with ideas to bless the teachers, purchase the needed decorations and gifts, and set up/distribute those items each day that week. The PVO will provide the funds for the decorations and gifts and can also provide guidance and examples of what has been done in the past.

Thankful Thursday Coordinator

The Thankful Thursday Coordinator is responsible for planning and overseeing five staff lunches per school year that feed fifty to sixty staff members at each luncheon. The coordinator selects the menu for each lunch, creates an electronic sign up sheet for food donations, recruits volunteers for lunch set up and clean up, and manages the preparation, serving and replenishment of food items throughout the day of the lunch. Any volunteers interested in the is position will be trained by the PVO co-chairs and the PVO co-chairs will continue working alongside the new Thankful Thursday Coordinator as needed.

Hospitality Team Leaders

The PVO is looking for volunteers to take over the hospitality needs (decoration, food and beverage preparation and serving, etc.) for one (or more) of the following school events:
• Preschool Christmas and Spring Concerts (2-3 hours on two separate evenings)
• NJHS and NHS Induction (2-3 hours on two separate evenings)
• Kindergarten Passport (4-5 hours on two separate days)
All supplies and food will be provided by the school or PVO. New volunteers will be trained by other PVO volunteers who have previously run the events.

Box Tops Coordinator

The Box Tops Coordinator is responsible for encouraging family participation and helping be the go-to resource for program support and questions.  In the past, the coordinator would count, bundle, and mail the clippings, and while clippings will still be accepted, the new mobile app will eliminate all that extra work. 


Melissa Horn

PVO Co-Chair

Kirsten Ondrick

PVO Co-Chair, Board Member

Kolu Sharpe

PVO Co-Chair, Board Member,
Hospitality Team Leader

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
P: (413) 782-8031  |  F: (413) 782-8033

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Pioneer Valley Christian Academy

965 Plumtree Rd. Springfield, MA 01119
P: (413) 782-8031  |  F: (413) 782-8033

Pioneer Valley Christian Academy is one of New England's Private Christian Schools located in Springfield, MA. We offer students access to leading-edge opportunities for intellectual, professional, and leadership development to address the increasingly complex challenges of a global society. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy stands apart from other outstanding schools in New England by combining an exceptional education with Christian faith.