Get Involved

There are many ways to volunteer and help Montclair!

BACKPACK PROGRAM:

Helpers are always needed for the Backpack Program!

Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment is a DPS elementary school located in east Denver. 63% of our student population qualify for free and reduced meals within the school. 7 years ago, the school recognized a need for additional support for a group of families who were in dire straits. The Food for Kids backpack program was founded through Montclair’s Parent/Teacher Organization, P.E.A.K. This program provides a backpack full of food for a family in need to take home over the weekend. Many of the families who receive these backpacks have little or no resources to feed their families outside of the support provided by the school. The program continues to evolve and has been used as an example to form similar programs in other schools throughout the district.Currently Montclair’s backpack program supports 24 families in need from our school community. The food sent home to the families is procured through grant funds, private donations, donations from the local food bank and occasional grocery store donations. We have a committed group of volunteers who shop for the food and come to the school each week to organize donations and fill the backpacks.

Over the past several years, our committee has been looking for ways to improve the quality of the food that is offered in the backpacks. Working with grant funds received from the Action for Healthy Kids network we have been seeking healthy alternatives to some of the staples most often available at low cost for our program. Our goal is to provide fresh produce from local farms when available.Donations are always needed. Please contact Cajah Reed at 720-424-5431 or cajah_reed@dpsk12.org for more information about this amazing program and find out how you can help!

THE GIVING TREE:

Help families in need over the holidays. The Montclair Giving Tree is a lot of work in November and December. Tags are placed on to the Giving Tree, people buy the gifts listed on the tags and return them to school. If organization is your strong suit, the Giving Tree is a great opportunity to help out and spread some holiday cheer!
giving tree

MVP & CROSSING GUARDS:

MVP (Montclair Valet Program) is ALWAYS looking for volunteers! If you have 10-20 minutes to help kids get to their cars or cross the street safely after school, please consider helping with MVP or as a crossing guard. See the office for more details.

PARENT TEACHER (& KIDS!) ORGANIZATION:

PEAK (Parents, Educators And Kids) is our parent group that everyone in the Montclair community is part of. Getting involved is a great opportunity to meet people in the Montclair community and also help out in the school. There are many, many ways to participate through PEAK!
– Fundraisers
– Classroom Helpers
– Backpack Program
– Tutoring
– Helping with School Events like the Fall Festival, Parade of Masks, International Night, Field Day
– Mystery Readers
– Field Trip Chaperones
If you want to know more about PEAK or volunteer at our school please stop by the office or contact our PEAK president Scott Esserman at sdesserman@gmail.com. We would love to have all of our families supporting PEAK in any way they can! PEAK meetings take place monthly and everyone is encouraged to attend.

SAC (SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE):

The SAC advises school administration on important issues and decisions that affect Montclair. Discussions include school calendars, bell times, budget, and much more. The committee meets monthly and is made up of staff, parents, and community members. If you are interested in joining SAC, please contact SAC Chairman Scott Harris scott_harris@dpsk12.org.

2017-18 SAC Minutes