New Families

Come meet other new Prospect families at the Park Party on Monday, August 19 at Prospect Park Pavilion. All kindergarten families are welcome following their school supply set up from 3:45 – 5:00pm. New families with children in other grades are also welcome starting at 4:00pm. For more information, please email Michelle Darin and Karyn Szurgot at


Why should I volunteer?

The Prospect PTO encourages parent and community involvement to support our children in both their academic and social education. Our volunteers ensure the ongoing success of all of Prospect’s programs. There is a PTO committee for everyone – volunteer positions big and small, including several tasks that can be done at home. From one-time events to on-going clubs to programs in the classrooms, there are many ways to be involved and share your time and talents with Prospect School and its amazing students.


Here is our list of committees by type (View our Committee Descriptions page for more details about each committee.)

Build Community 

  • Newcomers 
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation 
  • Sister School (William Penn)


Plan Events

  • Assemblies
  • Bike Rodeo
  • Book Fair
  • Dash-n-Bash
  • Holiday Bazaar
  • One World Night
  • Parents Night Out
  • Science Fair
  • Walk to School Day


Work with Kids:

  • Library Volunteer
  • Music Volunteer
  • Room Parents
  • Student Clubs


Help Behind the Scenes:

  • Class Pictures
  • Hot Lunch
  • Public Relations
  • Robert Crown
  • Shop and Share
  • School Supplies
  • Spiritwear
  • Webmaster
  • Yearbook



  • Box Tops
  • Cougars Reading Club
  • Directory
  • Gift Wrap sales
  • Library Coordinator Chair
  • Music Coordinator Chair
  • Music Website/Choir Library
  • Spanish Translator
  • Various clubs (battle of the books, chess, eco-panthers)


Support Our School

  • Future Funding
  • Grounds
  • Nominating Committee


To help navigate the committees, look for these notes below:

* Good for working parents

**   Limited time commitment

*** In-class volunteering

What does the Prospect PTO do and how does it enhance the education of our students?  

Enrichment Programs: the PTO provides programs that supplement the curriculum and help develop well-rounded students, such as:

Robotics Club

Battle of the Books**

Robert Crown Center for Education*
Chess Club ** Science Week and Science Fair 
Eco Panthers Spelling Bee
Student Leadership Team (grades 3 thru 5)

Social and Emotional Learning and Development: The PTO supports the social and Emotional Learning and Development of the students at Prospect and provides Social Interaction and Service Projects opportunities for them to cultivate a sense of community and to be in an environment of cooperation which is safe and accepting of all individuals through:

Parents Night Out *​

Assemblies Robert Crown Center for Education
Bike Rodeo **
Kindness Club (1-2) Room Parties ***
Dash N’ Bash
Eco Panthers Girls Inspiration Club (Grades 4-5)
Fifth Grade Activities Sister School – William Penn Elementary in Chicago
Holiday Bazaar Spirit Wear
Hot Lunch Student Leadership Team (grades 3 thru 5)
Newcomers Walk to School Day **
Parents Night Out * Yearbook***
One World Night

Prospect Staff: the PTO supports the Prospect Staff by providing additional tools for education within the classroom, and by recognizing and demonstrating our appreciation for their dedication and excellence through:

Book Fairs (Fall and Spring) *** Room Parents ***
Future Projects School Supply Kits *
Library *** Teacher and Staff Appreciation

Communication between School, Home, and Beyond: the PTO supports and promotes communication between school and home as well as school and community in the ways listed here.

Email Blasts and Remind Text Service – reminders for school events Prospect News – weekly e-newsletter publication
Events of the Week (EOW) – in weekly


PTO Website –
Directory – electronic app Publicity – local community publications

Fundraising: These programs and objectives could not achieve success without the ample funds raised throughout the year from the following events and activities, which our Prospect families support 100% by giving their time, talents and generous contributions. These have helped pay for Art, Music and Physical Education programs, as well as classroom and playground support.

Shop N Share *​

Book Fairs (Fall and Spring) *** Spirit Wear
Box Tops * Gift Wrap
Dash N’ Bash

It is our pleasure to represent the PTO and we welcome any questions – please feel free to contact us!