The PTO offers Peirce students many activities, projects, and programs that enrich their learning experience. We count on our many volunteers to contribute to these efforts! Feel free to contact the officers or committee chairs at peirceschool.pto@gmail.com any time if you have an idea for a new program or want to work on an existing activity; and please attend PTO meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM in the library to hear more about what is going on in the school.

If you want to volunteer in the school, the Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires you to have a CORI check. Forms are available in the school office.

Other Ways to Volunteer

There are many ways to volunteer at Peirce: you can join a committee, commit to an ongoing activity, or help with a one-time event. Check out the descriptions below to find something of interest to you!


Community Outreach: Organize and coordinate fundraising efforts for non-school organizations; for example, Pennies for Peace and Cradles to Crayons clothing collections. Contact: Briana Curran

Enrichment: Plan theater/music/dance/art events, author visits, and math- and science-oriented events. Contact: Julie Goff

Fundraising: Plan fundraising events for the school, including bake sales, silent auction, yard sale, Spring Fair, electronics drives. Contact: Erin Whalen

Hospitality: Plan Popcorn Fridays, movie nights, ice cream socials, Talent Show, Spring Fair. Contact: Emily Almas

Safe Routes: Organize Walk to School days and help increase safety, health, and physical activity of students. Contact: Mary Alice Vallarino

Web site: Maintain the Peirce web site. Contact: Peirce web team

Ongoing Activities

Room parent: Plan room parties, help with events. Contact: Jennifer Rego

Photocopying: Make copies once a week for approximately 30 minutes. Contact: Jennifer Rego

Office help: Sort mail, make copies, and do miscellaneous tasks for the school secretary once a week for approximately an hour. Contact: Mrs. Costa

Library: Help check in, check out, and shelve books. Contact: Jane Torregrossa (Mrs. T)

Grant writing: Help write grants to pay for enrichment, technology, and other initiatives. Contact: TBA

Science garden: Work with students on the garden. Contact: Jennifer Rego

Landscaping: Plant and clean up the grounds. Contact: Peirce PTO

METCO host families: We are looking for families to host the METCO children for afterschool activities. Host families have a METCO student stay with you after school until the event at the school starts/finishes, when they will be picked up by their parents. If you are interested in becoming a host family, please check out the Arlington METCO website.

One-Time Events

Book fair (fall and spring): Help with setup, cleanup, or sales. Contact: Michele Allen

International Night (every even-numbered year in the spring): Help coordinate potluck dinner, activities. Contact: Cris Martin

Art Show (spring): Help plan, set up, run an art activity, or clean up. Contact: Kelly Chiou-Jones

3rd grade Colonial Day (spring): Help with activities. Contact: 3rd grade teachers

Spring Fair: Help plan, set up, run an activity, or clean up. Contact: Erin Whalen