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.

Backpacks and food boxes! We need help preparing backpacks for our backpack lunch program on WEDNESDAY MAY 23 at 9 a.m. Also, we will be unloading food boxes on FRIDAY JUNE 1 at 9:30 a.m. Can you help? Please contact Michelle Peake:

Can you help with the 2018 CommonUnity Festival? We need volunteers to set-up, run events that day and clean up after. (And have fun too!) Email

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

Can you pick up Franz Bread on Tuesday mornings? Email

Help in the garden and keeping up the grounds of Martin Luther King, Jr. School! 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


RED FOLDERS! Do you have time once a week to help the Mandarin teachers stuff red folders? 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

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

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

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

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