Volunteer

When you become a Prairie parent, you also become part of the P.O.P. (Promote/Organize/Provide) Parent Community. Prairie relies on your assistance to make our school a special place. Your time, talents and resources are needed to support each student we are fortunate to serve. Without P.O.P. Parent Community members, many of the events and activities that take place at Prairie would not occur.

P.O.P. Parent Community

Prairie’s parent group has a unique structure. P.O.P. is led by a group of P.O.P. Guides – parents who represent each division of the school. P.O.P. Guides meet bi-monthly to plan upcoming school activities and fundraisers; All-Parent meetings occur in the alternating months.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Fall Fest

9/30 – 3:45 to 7pm

Help set up for our annual Fall Fest event, or assist with a number of activities that take place during the event!

Grandparents’ Day

10/7 – 8:00 to 11:45am

Grandparents’ Day is a special tradition at Prairie! Serve as a greeter or photographer, or assist with brunch in the Dining Room.

To sign up for any of the opportunities above, please click here:

Meet the Leadership Team!

  • Please share your children’s names and graduation years. Maggie, 2016 and Will, 2018.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? Our family. Since Maggie and Will joined us after 18 years of marriage, Tim and I have had the luxury of more life experiences than many parents. We affectionately talk about life BC (before children).
    During our BC time, we traveled throughout the world, did bicycle tours in the U.S., lived in England and Tim raced cars at Road America (I was the pit crew chief).
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to work in business.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? The desire to be involved in our children’s school and the ability to share my talents.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Running, traveling, spending time with family, biking, attending exercise class and water sports. Since my retirement from SCJ, I spend more time volunteering. Currently, I am Chairperson of St. Monica’s Senior Living Board of Directors and a search committee member for Wild Root Co-op of Racine.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! In 1997, I ran the London Marathon and had a better time than the three men I trained with. This March, I completed my 200-hour Yoga Certification (RYT 200) and am currently teaching yoga.
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? Maggie entered Prairie in 8th grade and Will joined in 6th grade.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? The people. Everyone is willing to answer any questions and help you in any way possible.
  • What do your children love about TPS? JAC–what’s a boy not to love! The support that is available from teachers & the COMPASS group
  • Preferred Email Address: [email protected]
  • Please share your children’s names and graduation years. Nathan, 2016 and Kiran, 2020.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I appreciate my immediate and extended family, as well as all of my friends. Spending time with these folks is important to me.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an international news reporter, travel the world and report on news for a major news network.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I believe being part of POP and volunteering cultivates our community; it brings Prairie closer together to enrich our students and school.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? I love to cook all different kinds of food from all over the world. I also spend time in my kitchen creating new recipes. I enjoy cooking and feeding my family and friends.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I am alumna of The Prairie School, and I would like to go to culinary school one day.
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? Both started in Early School. Nathan graduated as a lifer!
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? The Prairie community prides itself on a diverse student body. There are so many different kinds of people that each bring something really special to contribute to the school. Small class sizes and individual attention are so beneficial for all students. Students are encouraged to serve their community through volunteering, and they are given opportunities to learn new things through various class offerings.
  • What do your children love about TPS? Opportunities to learn new things from performing in musicals to learning a second language to being an athlete makes students well rounded for future success
  • Preferred Email Address:[email protected]
  • Please share your children’s names and graduation years. Nick, 2020 and
    Madeline, 2022.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I appreciate my family and my extended family.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a veterinarian.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I like staying connected with the school and the Prairie community.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? I like to read, bike, garden – wait, what free time? 🙂
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I used to teach science at Prairie.
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? Kindergarten
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? I love how the Prairie community involves the parents. I also appreciate how the teachers are accessible to parents throughout the year.
  • What do your children love about TPS? The opportunities to have fun (Fall Fest, Gingerbread House Decorating). The offerings in the summer are also really great.
  • Preferred Email Address: [email protected]
  • Please share your children’s names and graduation years. Cat and Boo, 2028 and Jackson, 2023.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I love that we can travel. The kids and I love a good road trip or camping trip.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? Funny. I always thought I would own a restaurant. When I met my husband I had no idea that’s what his family business was.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I feel like prairie gives so much to my kids that it’s only a small way I can help give back to the school. I often hear people complain about this or that, but unless you take an active role you really don’t have a say.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? I love being a scout leader!
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I have a goal to visit all the national parks! I love the outdoors and a huge pioneer era history buff.
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? All 3 started in Early School.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? How the school makes everyone feel welcome from student to siblings to parents to grandparents. And now we welcome the public to some activities. It’s really nice.
  • What do your children love about TPS? Their friends. The teachers.
  • Preferred Email Address:[email protected]