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Maximizing Parent Volunteers

Grade 3 Sauder Elementary students in classroom excited to learn on their new Chromebooks
Grade 3 students excited to learn on their new Chromebooks

One way Sauder Elementary engages families is through their Parent Teacher Group (PTG). This non-profit organization provides volunteer opportunities for parents, plans activities, and hosts fundraising projects. Over 250 parents volunteer through PTG yearly in the cafeteria, library, book fairs, or through 22 committees. The PTG also plans about 12 yearly events that create fun memories and strengthen the home and school connection. One popular event is the annual Kickball Carnival where families enjoy food trucks, inflatables, and a kickball game featuring Sauder staff. The school’s grades K-5 Halloween and Valentine’s parties, which occur during the school day, are especially popular. There is so much interest that the PTG uses a lottery system to determine six volunteers per class. Because of such parent involvement each year, the PTG applies for and receives 20 Disney World tickets through Disney’s Family Volunteering Reward Program. This is the highest eligible number of tickets, and the PTG uses these as prizes throughout the year.

The PTG also sets a yearly fundraising goal that benefits students. One recent project provided sound amplification systems for each classroom. Students share they are better able to hear instruction, and teachers report better classroom management and less voice strain.

To thank volunteers, Sauder hosts an appreciation brunch each May where staff provide food, and students and staff line the halls and cheer for volunteers as they walk to the brunch.

School Information

Sauder Elementary School

Mr. John Reindel Jr.

Principal at Time of Nomination

7503 Mudbrook Road Northwest
Massillon, OH 44646-1108
(330) 830-8028
Student Demographics 2022
Number of students grades K-5623
Students eligible for subsidized meals9%
Students receiving special ed services12%
Student mobility rate6%
African American students1%
White students87%
Hispanic or Latino students4%
American Indian or Alaska Native0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander0%
Two or more races5%