The PTA is run by volunteers. While you can certainly be a member of the PTA and not volunteer, many members find it a rewarding experience that allows for involvement in the school that otherwise would not be possible.

You can help on an on-going basis with a committee, serving on the executive board and/or working at one of the special events.  Opportunities are available for both during the day and in the evening.  

No matter your interest or schedule — there is something for everyone.

Volunteer for PTA Events & Committees!!

Our volunteers allow us to do so many things for our students that we could not do without your help. Whether you have one hour or many hours you can volunteer, your help is much appreciated.

Volunteer forms:          Mark Twain        Carl Sandburg        Jefferson


Note:  Only the dates of the events are listed. The event chairperson will contact you for specific volunteer times or other needs as planning gets under way.

Annual PTA Events 

HollyDay Breakfast at Mark Twain

First Saturday in December

A festive event where families can enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast, a Scholastic Book Fair, games, crafts, the Santa Shop, and even meet Santa!

February Festival at Jefferson

First Saturday in February

This event takes place each year, usually in conjunction with the Jefferson Elementary Band Concert.   There will BBQ Pork, Hot Dogs, veggies, cookies, games, Binga, and other fun times.

Ice Cream Social at Carl Sandburg  

Last Friday in April

In addition to ice cream, there will be pizza, a Scholastic Book Fair, Binga, games and inflatables.  Come join us for some year-end fun!  

Volunteer for a Committee 

Many PTA members find they are interested in serving on a committee. Each committee consists of at least one representative from each elementary school. The PTA committee chairs work with a team to coordinate & manage various PTA events & services. This is a great way to get connected with other parents and provide some much needed help to the school. 

We promote parent involvement in our Charleston school community through a wide array of committees listed below. 

If you are interested in serving on a committee or if you have any question, please contact us through e-mail. 


Audit - Examines the financial records at the end of the fiscal year for accuracy and reports finding to the PTA membership

Bylaws - Examines bylaws every other year and recommends changes to the PTA membership

Nominating - Seek qualified individuals to be nominated for each office of the PTA Executive Board (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary)

Finance - develops and recommends a budget to meet the needs of the PTA which includes programs and activities

Fundraising - researches and submits proposals regarding fundraising activities to the PTA Board, then organizes the fundraiser

Membership - maintains the Charleston Joint PTA membership records, reports to the IL PTA

Publicity - responsible for PR and newsletters

Website - responsible for maintaining the Charleston Joint PTA website and Facebook page