Get Involved

We are challenging all parents to volunteer in the school or at home a minimum of 10 hours per semester. (Click here to Log Volunteer Hours).

A great way to get involved with the Dunwoody Elementary PTO is to join a committee that interests you.  So, if you have a passion for a particular committee's responsibility, or feel that a given responsibility is not being properly addressed by a committee, then we want your help. Any questions, please contact Merrie Bouton ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Thank you!

Scroll down for a directory listing of the committees currently helping to make our school great, and the contact information for the volunteer chairing the committee, and GET INVOLVED! 

Directory of Committees


  • Academic Competitions

    The members of this committee will work with the teachers to support the various competitions held outside of DES (examples include the Science Olympiad, Academic Bowl, Reading Bowl, and the Spelling and Geography Bees). Note: Odyssey of the Mind is completely managed by DES parents.

    Contact: OPEN
    Please contact AmyLeVasseur ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more
    information or to get involved with this Committee


  • All Pro Dad

    One-hour monthly breakfast held before school for fathers and their children. Check out allprodad.com for more information.

    Contact: Chris Wilburn ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 


  • Book Fair

    This committee will organize two Scholastic Book Fairs – fall and spring – helping the school to raise funds and books for the Media Center. These multi-day events offer a wonderful assortment of books hand-selected by book experts at Scholastic.  By generating excitement about literacy, the Book Fair committee helps to build our school, classroom, and home libraries – connecting our children with books they love to read.

    Contact: Katie Frame ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Jennifer Seitz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


  • Box Tops

    Collect box tops to earn money for our school!  For a list of products, see the Box Tops for Education website.  Bring your collected box tops and put them in the "School House" with the box tops label inside the entrance to the school.

    Contact: Megan Cann ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Community Business Support

    The CBS committee oversees the sponsorship and partnership programs with local businesses.  Businesses that are committed to enriching the educational opportunities for our students may partner with DES through the Partners in Education and/or Sponsorship programs. All participants of these programs help with the continued growth of DES making it a top school in Dunwoody.

    DES Partners in Education donate goods and services to our school that enhance PTO activities and provide advertising opportunities for the business to our school community.

    DES Sponsors are businesses that provide monetary contributions to the school in exchange for publicity to our school community.

    Becoming a Partner in Education or Sponsor
    We welcome your business’ involvement and support. If your business would like to become a Partner in Education, please consider contributing as outlined in this
    document.

    As a DES parent, when you see a business with a DES Partner in Education sticker in its window, please thank them for investing in our school and community. If you want to assist in this committee’s “work” on behalf of DES please contact any of the chairs listed below.

    Additionally, if you know of a business that would like to partner with Dunwoody Elementary or if you would like more information about our Partners in Education/Sponsorship program, please contact:

    Contact: Shari Wassell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Michelle Lane ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Ray Alyssa Rothman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Community Outreach

    This committee oversees the All Pro Dads and Parent University programs and will submit press releases and photos to the local newspapers and websites to get coverage of the numerous events and activities happening at DES.

    Contact: Jodi Halpert ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Cultural Arts

    The members of this committee will schedule, with the partnership of the teachers, area entertainers and performers that will support the instructional programs in the classrooms.

    Contact: Terri Polk ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Directory

    The Directory Committee is responsible for creating, editing, and printing a student directory.  The directory will include student and family information that parent's input through the Dunwoody Elementary PTO website (www.dunwoodypto.com). The link is located on the left hand side under Parent Resources.  The committee's activities will be completed mainly during August and September and can be done outside of school hours, if necessary.

    Contact: Jill Rosen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Jan Jay ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Environmental Instruction/Recycling

    The members of this committee will work with the school and community to organize and maintain a recycling program. The committee will also develop new initiatives to teach the students about ways to “go green.”

    Contact: Kinchasa Taylor ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Family Events

    The members of this committee will plan, organize and execute after-school events during the school year in which families can gather and socialize.  The tasks involve hiring entertainment, securing a caterer, collecting and tracking money as well as set up and clean up duties.

    Contact: Amy LeVasseur ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Amanda Rountree ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Field Day

    This committee works with the PE staff to plan the Field Day event which is held in late spring. It encompasses two days of school spirit with fun games and competitions for all grades.  Volunteers with this committee will help plan and execute the event and will help on the field with the actual competitions and other event day needs.

    Contact: OPEN
    Please contact AmyLeVasseur ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for
    more information or to get involved with this committee.


  • Grounds and Organic Gardening

    This committee works with the Principal to develop and maintain the landscaping around the school. This team will help spruce up the outside of Dunwoody Elementary School getting it ready for the first day of school in August and maintaining it throughout the school year.  Duties will include weeding, planting, general trash clean up, maintaining outside gardens, etc.

    Contact: Tommy McNeese ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Hospitality

    This committee will welcome New Families to the school, schedule and conduct tours of the school and handle food and beverage needs for any PTO/DES related functions held at the school (i.e. DCPC, lunch for the Open House volunteers, Principal’s coffees, etc.)

    Contact: Tessa Pickren ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    School Tours contact: Susanna Bruwer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    New Families contact: Wendy Puckett ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • In-House Publicity

    This committee maintains the marquee signs located at the entrances to the school, changing the text as necessary, and keeps the PTO bulletin board updated.

    Contact: Amanda Becker ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Michelle Wicklund ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    PTO Bulletin Board Contact: Christy Archibald ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Liaisons

    Contact: Terry Polk ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Lost and Found

    The Lost and Found committee will work to get items back to their owner. There will be two stations for lost items – one in the cafeteria for lunch boxes and water bottles; one next to the Media Center for clothing. After a specified amount of time the items will be donated and this committee will coordinate the donation efforts.

    Contact: Michelle Wicklund ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Lunch Bunch

    The Lunch Bunch committee will coordinate volunteers that are scheduled during the daily student lunch times to assist students with dining needs (i.e. opening yogurt cups and ketchup packets, providing extra napkins, etc.).

    Contact: Rosemary Gorham ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Jennifer Fenmore ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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  • Media Center

    The members of this committee will work with the Media Center staff to schedule volunteers to help in the Media Center during school hours.  The committee will also work with the Media Center Specialist to coordinate author visits throughout the school year.

    Contact: Dana Coulter ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

    Sign Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EAFAC2EA02-media


  • Office Support

    This committee will coordinate volunteers that are scheduled to assist in the school’s front office – answering phones, checking in late arrivals, welcoming guests to the school and general PTO and school-related projects. Volunteers will be scheduled to work shifts 8-11 a.m. and/or 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Contact: Ana Maria Lopez Garcia ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Open House/Kindergarten Round-Up

    This committee will coordinate, execute and oversee all efforts related to Open House in August and the Kindergarten Round Up event in the spring.  Items include printing of the Registration Form, putting together new student packets and scheduling volunteers for Registration Day and Kindergarten Round up.

    Contact: Kris Mamaghani ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Picture Day

    This committee is responsible for coordinating individual student photos and class photos with a professional photographer.  The committee will work with school administration to select a morning for photos to be taken.  A schedule will be established that will cause minimal disruption to the instructional day and lunch.  Photos will be sold to student families as a PTO fundraiser and will be used in the school’s Yearbook. The committee will need volunteers during the actual photo shoots, a spreadsheet coordinator and a picture order coordinator.

    Contact: Christy Archibald ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Room Parent Coordinators

    This committee will consist of room parents for each class who, in turn, will organize parents to assist with class specific needs (i.e. field trips, classroom parties, copying, cutting, etc.) and PTO-related needs (i.e. volunteers for Field Day, Staff Appreciation events, Book Fairs, etc.). The committee will also include parents of 5th graders that will plan and execute the 5th grade celebration in May.

    Contact: Ashley Gallagher ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Fara Yarbrough ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • School Store

    The School Store provides DES students with the opportunity to purchase a variety of school supplies. This committee will schedule volunteers to work in the school store and purchase and display the various items for sale.  The school store will be open from 7:15-7:50 a.m. on select school days.

    Contact: Lauren Middlebrooks ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
     Courtney Lamb  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Spirit Wear

    The Spirit Wear committee provides DES students the opportunity to purchase a variety of school spirit clothing and accessories while supporting the fund raising efforts of the PTO.  Volunteers will be needed to staff the Spirit Table at major school events and to help sort and deliver pre-ordered items to the appropriate student.

    Contact: Lauren Middlebrooks ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
     Courtney Lamb  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Staff Appreciation

    This committee will coordinate all staff recognitions including Teacher Appreciation Week events, Fiesta Friday Lunches and staff birthdays.  The committee will provide a welcome back gift and Holiday and End of School Year gifts for each staff member.

    Contact: Kim Rivera ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • STEM Day

    This committee will plan and oversee two school-wide days of educational Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related (STEM) exhibits and stations working with the teaching staff in the fall of the current school year.

    Contact: Maria Jacobs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Mark Sequeira ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Technology

    This committee will work with the Media Center Specialist to maintain all school computers and multi-media equipment. The committee will also research with the Media Center new technology and software for the school and its students.

    Contact: Jason Seitz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Tiger Fund

    This committee will collect, monitor and oversee the major fundraiser for DES – the Tiger Fund.  This fund committee will encourage 100% participation from the families represented at DES and will solicit matching funds from these parents’ respective places of employment if available.

    Contact: Leslie Hamlin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Whitney Samuelson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Cassie Odom ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Tiger Talk

    Tiger Talk is the weekly electronic newsletter that is prepared and produced by this committee on behalf of the school and PTO.  It is emailed to those families that have provided their email address to the school for the purpose of receiving the e-newsletter. The newsletter includes important calendar information, school information, a Principal’s letter and other PTO-related news and events.

    Contact: Cara Engel ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Tour de Dunwoody

    This committee will plan, execute and oversee a family biking event in the fall in order to promote bike safety and knowledge with the student body and community and to encourage fitness. More details and online 2013 registration.

    If you already know all about the Tour de Dunwoody, and would like to get involved by becoming a sponsor, CLICK HERE.

    Contact: Christine Hilgert ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Katie Scharf ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Transportation

    Dunwoody Elementary’s Transportation committee will schedule carpool volunteers, coordinate walk to school days, manage the Twitter account for communicating to parents about bus delays, and act as the representative for DES with the Safe Routes to School and Clean Air programs.  Volunteers with this committee will be available to assist in the morning with carpool and distributing incentives during scheduled walk to school days.

    Transportation Contact: Ana Maria Lopez Garcia ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    Safe Routes to School Contacts: Kimberly Kirkland ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Kimi Lenertz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Website

    The members of this committee will continue to build and maintain the PTO website for Dunwoody Elementary School.

    Contact: Cara Engel ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


  • Yearbook

    The Yearbook committee produces, publishes and distributes the school’s annual Yearbook.  The committee will make sure that all major events at the school are photographed, including as many pictures of the student body as possible; it will track Yearbook orders from Open House as well as online orders throughout the school year; and the committee will assist in the distribution of the books to the appropriate students during the last week of school. Photographers, layout and design volunteer, and page coordinator for each grade will be needed positions for this committee.

    Contact: Tommy McNeese ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or
    Christy Archibald ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


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