Get Involved at MLK, Jr. School!

Volunteers needed right now!

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity” to serve. You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

- from “The Drum Major Instinct”, a sermon by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, 1968.

Volunteer with SMART at MLK, Jr. School! SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) is coming to MLK! SMART volunteers will read one-on-one with Kindergarten through 2nd grade students to build reading skills, motivation, self-confidence, and a love of reading. Want to help? Volunteer with SMART at MLK, Jr. for 1 hour/week (or more!), on Mondays or Tuesdays between 9 – 11 a.m., mid‑October through mid‑May. 10 – 12 volunteers needed. Sign up to volunteer at Have questions or need more information? Contact Di and Joan at

Cafeteria Volunteers Needed! Ms. Ruby needs your help on “Breakfast for Lunch” days in the cafeteria. Breakfast for lunch is fun and beloved by all kids everywhere! But the cost of this deliciousness? Quite a bit of food preparation and assembly. That’s where you come in. Volunteers needed to help assemble these meals.  If interested contact Ruby Sims, cafeteria manager, or 503-200-7878.

When: Every other Wednesday starting October 3, 11:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Where: MLK, Jr. school cafeteria

Why: Making kids (and yourself!) happy


Free-Bread Fridays! Every Friday, starting September 14. Can you help? On Friday's at 8:30 a.m. volunteers needed to transport bread from Franz Bakery (NE 11th near I-84, near Benson High School) to MLK Jr. school.  At 8:45 a.m.  2-4 volunteers are needed weekly to help load bread into the East side of the building (near the cafeteria). For more info contact Kenny Butler

Backpack Meal Program: Help keep our children well nourished! Monthly, first Wednesday of each month, 9 a.m., starting October 3, 2018. Volunteers needed to bag meals for kids; meet in the Dr. MLK Jr. cafetorium. For more info, contact: Michelle Peake:


Chinook Book Sales:  Adult volunteers needed to manage students selling Chinook Books as a school fundraiser for the weeks of September 10 and September 17, during afternoon pickup (3:00 – 3:30 p.m.) For more info contact: Brenda Ku or Lyndsey Vaughan Dieter


Love working outside? Help clean up the school garden and grounds. Be a part of our garden committee. For more info please contact: Tom Becker

PTA Clothing Closet - Our school provides volunteers to help at the store twice a year. We need volunteers October 22 and January 17, from 9-12 p.m. Let us know if you can help:  Email

Got a few minutes to shelve and alphabetize books in the library? Just drop in and ask a librarian what needs to be organized or email

Interested in helping out with the 2019 CommonUnity Festival? We'll start planning our annual end of year event soon! Email

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration for the 2018-19 school year is planned for Spring 2019.  Want to help? Contact Nancy Rios, 503-916-6155 or MLK, Jr. PTA at

Want to help out? We need volunteers to start planning for our 2019 Auction. Contact

Every year, we send volunteers to other PTA Auctions to help their gala events run smoothly. Want to help out in 2019?

Typical Needs: Serve food or beverages, check attendees in or out, coat check, etc. In turn, these PTAs will send volunteers to help at our auction! This is a fun opportunity to see how other school PTAs raise funds.

Interested? Contact

PTA Nominating Committee (TBA March-May)

The PTA board elections take place each year in May and a select group of volunteers helps to set up and run the election. This is a fun and easy way to help out the PTA! Meeting times and locations to be determined by the group. This committee is usually formed in February or March and the elections are held in May.

Interested for 2019? Email

Do you read and write in Spanish or another language spoken at MLK, Jr. School? Want to help translate PTA documents and newsletter? Email Wendie at

Are you interested in volunteering for the Martin Luther King, Jr. School PTA? Complete the volunteer interest form here. If you've never volunteered in the classroom for PPS before you'll need to have a background check. You can do it online here.

“When parents and adults are engaged in schools, students achieve at higher rates, the schools receive grants at higher rates and recruiting for outstanding teachers is more successful. ”Take time to volunteer. Schools are better, students are better and you are better."

- Sandy Bell, Oregon PTA President