Volunteering at Cornell

10/6/2021 7:30 pm



My name is Seth Franklin and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the Cornell PTA. You probably think that means that I am about to ask you to volunteer your precious time or make donations.


Congratulations! You are 100% correct!  Right now we have 3 priority positions that we need you to fill:

  • Teacher Appreciation - We need committee members and organizers who can help show our gratitude to teachers. Making our teachers feel appreciated makes a world of difference in our kid’s educational outcomes.

  • Coyote Fun Fitness (formerly the Fun Run) -  Getting fit and raising money!  Absolutely crucial to have committee members for the biggest fundraiser of the year!

  • Popsicle Wednesdays - Do you like selling popsicles to children? We need parent volunteers to organize Popsicle Wednesdays! This requires Wednesday afternoon availability (Costco membership is a bonus). 


You are likely thinking one of two things:


You might be saying “Is that it? I want to be involved, but I like to help with _______.” Well, you are in luck! We do have a wide variety of other volunteer opportunities, committees, and needs. Email volunteer@cornellpta.org with your name, your interest, and your child’s classroom/year.  Plenty of committees need members, support, and volunteers (including pumpkin painting on Oct 24th). See a full list of positions.


Others of you are saying “Oh my stars and garters, I barely have time to sleep, eat, or watch Ted Lasso.” Not to worry, we know that you love to help your kids. Perhaps you know another parent that you can guilt… I mean convince… to volunteer? And failing that you can still contribute to the PTA by contributing to the PTA.


A small group of you might be saying “Why are they called a pair of pants, when it is clearly one single piece of clothing?” In that case, despite years of experience as an English teacher, I can’t really help you. It’s a complex language with way too many irregular words and exceptions. 


If you have any questions that are actually about volunteering, or just really need to talk to another adult about the new James Bond movie, feel free to reach out to me by email or text (510) 847-5673.


We appreciate you!




Seth Franklin

Volunteer Coordinator

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Cornell Wear Sales & Fundraising Drive

9/21/2021 10:26 pm

PTA volunteers will be by the Cornell entrance during arrival and dismissal times selling Cornell Wear and helping people donate to our membership drive. We’ll be accepting credit card payments and will have Coyote gear in sizes for the whole family!

Wed, 9/22 next to the Cornell entrance

Wed, 9/29 on the Talbot side, inside the gate next to the garden

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API-PEG Mixer on Sunday, Sept. 19

9/15/2021 5:25 pm

The AUSD Asian Pacific Islander Parent Engagement Group (API-PEG) invites families to join us to celebrate and promote the interests of API students and families.  Our focus is to:
  • advocate on matters that impact the API community
  • build community and resources, and
  • support other groups with shared interests.
Sign-up to join our API-PEG Google Group to be notified of events, meetings and resources.  Feel free to email AlbanyAPIparents@gmail.com with any questions.
Our fall mixer will be this coming Sunday, Sept 19th from 3-5pm at Memorial Park.  We've reserved the picnic tables by the community garden.  Bring your kids.  We'll have snacks and games for all ages.  Hope to see you there!

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Cornell PTA needs your ideas and support, let's connect!

9/4/2021 1:34 pm

Get to know us, your Cornell PTA

We virtually "met" many of you at 1st-5th Back To School Night. Here's the short video we shared for those of you we missed, especially our Kinder families. You can also learn more about us at our website and at the 9/9 PTA meeting (6:00pm–7:30pm).


Share your thoughts and join us

Please take <5 minutes to fill out this survey. Your voice is important at Cornell and we want to hear from you all! We really need your input so we design experiences with your needs in mind. There's also a section in there for people interested in volunteer opportunities.


Become a supporter and donate today

As you know, we are supporting the school, planning great events and are entirely family funded. Please consider donating in a way that works for you, any amount helps!

Your support in ALL forms-- time, talent and financial-- is greatly appreciated!

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