Join a PTA Committee


PTA Committee volunteers work on PTA-specific activities under the direction of each PTA Committee Chair and assist in meeting our PTA budget and goals for the year (which ultimately impact the school).


Download the reimbursement form (PDF) for volunteer expenses.


Template for committee meeting minutes (PDF)


Committee Descriptions 2021-2022 School Year


After School Enrichment – This is held in the fall and sometimes spring on select days right after school. We need volunteers to assist after school for thirty minutes until enrichment begins. Volunteers would assist kids with homework and brief activity before enrichment begins.


Book Fair – Assist in working scheduled times during the Fall (usually in early November) and Spring book fairs in the library, in addition to assisting with setup and take down. Volunteers may also be asked to provide snacks/treats for teacher preview (Becky Comstock

Spring Carnival– Come join the fun and be a part of our Spring Carnival. This is our most exciting fundraiser of the year. The carnival is only successful with the help of our dedicated committee and our 250 parent volunteers. There is a job for everyone! Up for a bigger challenge? Sign-up for Vendor Lead, Bake Sale or Cake Walk. Looking for a smaller commitment? Volunteer for a 30- minute game shift, a cake donation or set-up/clean-up crew (Jenny Pedraza and Jessica Dodson


Fifth Grade Celebration – This committee plans and executes the most exciting day of the year for the fifth grade class. If you have a fifth grader and want to be involved in something that directly impacts them this is a great opportunity and promises to be a lot of fun (Courtney Wright 


Garden and Aesthetics – Gayton’s garden provides hands-on learning opportunities for our students. In order to keep the beds healthy and growing we need a team of volunteers to ensure the garden is tended to on a weekly basis. Garden volunteers can sign up for weeks that fit their schedules and children can be included in the garden maintenance! In addition, garden volunteers are needed to help coordinate with each grade level to incorporate garden themed enrichments and hands on learning opportunities. The Garden committee also needs volunteers to help with the after school club that will be hosted in the fall and spring.


Gator Aides – Gator Aides have a more direct volunteer impact in the school and on a more consistent basis. These volunteer opportunities support the students, school staff and administration (Lindsay Rayfield


Hospitality and Teacher Appreciation – With the help of volunteers, this committee provides refreshments and morale boosters for teacher/staff and parent functions throughout the year. Some of the events include teacher breakfasts and luncheons, quarterly staff mailbox treats and goody bags for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Volunteers are needed to send in food items and/or assist at these events. This committee also leads the Teacher Appreciation Week in May. TAW honors our outstanding teachers (Nicole Perricelli and Amanda Byers


Room Parents – One parent per classroom will work with the teacher throughout the year and act as a parent liaison between teacher and parents. Responsibilities vary depending on grade and teacher. You are the main contact for the teacher and will help organize a team of other parents from your classroom to assist in class projects, winter party, and other events as identified by the teacher. Time Commitment: Varies depending on scheduled events (Rhea Whitlock 


Running Club – Running Club is hosted before school and helps to create a culture of wellness in the Gayton community by providing opportunities for hands-on learning focusing on nutrition and fitness. Learn more (Kristin and Drew Jacobs 


School Safety – The PTA Safety Committee provides an opportunity to be directly involved in your child’s safety. Members of the committee work in conjunction with the school’s safety committee and our school administration in a joint effort to keep Gayton as safe as possible.


Silent Auction – Committee members will sign up for the various tasks in preparation of the event.  Sub-committees include: soliciting donations from various businesses, collecting donations closer to the event date, day of event assistance (setting up/decorating/clean up/various last minute errands/auction check out).  Do you own or work for a business that would like to make a donation? Amanda Adkins, Nicole Perricelli, and Rhea Whitlock 


Spirit Wear– Participate in spirit wear sales at daytime and/or evening events. Help track inventory and fulfill orders. Time commitment is low, a few hours per month (Amanda Adkins  


Yearbook – Volunteers can be as involved as they want to be and commitment times occur throughout the year.  Some responsibilities could include helping to organize pictures by class, contacting picture parents/room parents/teachers when pictures are needed, copying and distributing fliers, proofreading yearbook copy, helping with yearbook distribution, and meeting to learn the software program.
Committee (Sarah Vernon 


Advocacy Chair (Debbie Long

  • County Council Rep – Linking the Gayton PTA to the county-, state- and national- level of the PTA, the County Council Representative attends meetings with other PTA leaders in Henrico county to bring back information about programs, grants, and leadership training to support the Gayton PTA. The representative helps Henrico County Council PTA engage in advocacy work to support the legislative program of the Virginia PTA and National PTA by mobilizing local PTA membership. Finally, the representative works with HCPS to provide parent representatives for task forces, study groups, and committees and to disseminate information about changes in the school system, school board policies, and state actions.

  • Lay Advisory Rep – Henrico County has a standing Lay Advisory Committee composed of parents and/or community members who represent the various schools to advise the School Board on educational matters of general interest or concern to the community. Gayton’s representative acts as a liaison on behalf of parents, teachers, and community members to the school board of supervisors. Anyone interested in education and the school system is welcome to attend meetings.