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.

Community Care Day is September 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Help clean up the school garden and get it ready for the kids to plant. A great way to meet new MLK families and get back in touch with the ones you already know. No RSVP necessary – all are welcome! For more info please contact: Tom Becker

Curriculum Night is September 20!  Can you help out? Arrive at 5:00 p.m. to set-up before the event and/or stay after 7:30 p.m. to help with clean up. No RSVP needed – feel free to just show up! For more info, contact: Kenny Butler

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


If you have an hour a day, any day of the week, Ms. Ruby in the cafeteria would love some help at the salad bar - especially with first lunch (K-1 @ 11:45 a.m.) Come take a peek into your child's school day! Email

PTA Clothing Closet - Our school provides volunteers to staff the store twice a year. Let us know if you can help in 2018-19:  Interested? Click here to sign up or 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

RED FOLDERS! Do you have time once a week to help the Mandarin teachers stuff red folders? 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. For more info talk to Kenny Butler or send an email to

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? Click here to sign up or email Kenny at

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