It's the Spirit that Counts!

Volunteer Opportunities

Families (parents, grandparents, more!), Friends and Community members are strongly encouraged to volunteer at Skinner West. The school depends on its volunteers to support our Skinner Superstars to have the premier experience that supports the whole Skinner child- academically and emotionally.

Click on the volunteer opportunity that best suits you! Many of the volunteer options are on site, however, many are behind the scenes and do not necessarily require you to be on site. Mission, details, and who contact are available when you click on the link.

Local Schooll Council (LSC) – attend an upcoming meeting to listen or voice your ideas. Elections and candidacy information dates will be announced in future newsletters.

LSC Communications Committee – Ongoing and transparent communications is so critical for our busy families – you tell us that you care! Learn more about how you can support our email newsletters, website content, social media and other communications throughout the school year. (*ideal for offsite volunteers!)

Room Parents created and part of the Communications Committee, are needed for each class for each grade, and for each ancillary class. Room parents’ or co-room parents’ primary responsibilities are determined in consultation with each teacher. RPs also communicate key local news to their classroom.

LSC School Improvement Committee (SIP) - carries out the ongoing work and responsibilities required by the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP). What are our mission, strategic priorities, and steps to accomplish these goals?

LSC Facilities Committee

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)/ Forum provide both monetary and parent-power/volunteer support to the school. In the past, PTO/Forum has fulfilled areas of funding gaps. Get involved by volunteering or making a one time or ongoing donation

Gallery 111 provide arts exposure and special arts education programming to our Skinner Superstars. They love it! Get involved in G111’s monthly meeting to curate art’s programming for each classroom or attend the G111 annual adults only fundraiser

Friends of Skinner West (FOSW) support the school through volunteerism and fundraising. It is our goal to help meet and exceed the needs of the school improvement plan. Get involved by volunteering or making a donation.

Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) develops projects, activities, and events to celebrate the growing multicultural population at Skinner West. Keep an eye out for upcoming events!

Other Important Fundraisers

    Amazon Smile Program – A portion of most purchases will be donated to Skinner West for fundraising (no additional cost to you)

    Office Depot Give Back Program- 5% of purchase will be credited to Skinner West for Office Depot purchases (no additional cost to you)

    Birthday Name in Lights – Wish you Superstar a Happy Birthday or a congratulatory note on our electronic billboard for a donation used to fundraise for our 8th graders field trips!

    Box Tops – Collect box tops to help purchase library items (no cost to you)



Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School
1260 W Adams St., Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: 773-534-7790

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