Parents and guardians are an essential part of many Payton activities. 

From our fall Open House to the faculty lunch in June, there are dozens of ways to help. You can volunteer for one-time tasks or ongoing roles throughout the school year. 

Our most urgent needs are highlighted here, and the entire list is at the bottom of this page. 

Send an email to FriendsofPayton@gmail.com when you decide how you'd like to help.


Upcoming Volunteer Needs

Payton Open House, Saturday, Nov. 4th, 9am-1pm 

(volunteer hours 7:30am to 1pm). Middle-school students and their families come from all over the city to get a sense of what it's like to be part of the Payton community. Current Grizzly parents/guardians are needed to help welcome and guide thousands of visitors. SIGN UP HERE to serve as a Payton ambassador.

Report Card Pick Up - Thursday, November 16th, 11am - 6:45 pm

(volunteer hours 10 am - 8 pm) Might you be able to donate an hour or two to help in the main office, sell Payton Spirit Wear, help parents purchase much needed items requested by a Payton teacher or help with setup or light cleanup?  Our first Teacher Lunch of the year will take place on this day to thank them for all the good work they are doing for our children. CLICK HERE to choose a way to help.  Thanks!


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A Year of Volunteer Opportunities!

Below we have listed some of the main events and tasks that parents and guardians help with throughout the year. Some provide a chance to work with other Payton parents and guardians, some involve working with the administration, and some can be done whenever and wherever you want.  They all contribute to supporting our kids, teachers, and administrators.

Let us know how you would like to help by CLICKING HERE TO EMAIL FOP

What event/task?

When does it happen?

What kind of help do we need?

Help on the day of the event

Organize or coordinate event/task

Manage task throughout year

Registration

Aug

X

X

 

Parent PALs

Fall-Winter

X

X

X

Curriculum Night

Sept

X

X

 

Report Card Pick Up

Nov, Apr

X

X

 

Open House

Nov

X

X

 

Spiritwear Sales Ongoing
X

X

X

Sweetness Day

Mar

X

X

 

International Night

May

X

X

 

Global Connections Liaison

Ongoing

 

 

X

Refreshments at School Events

Ongoing

X

X

 

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

June

X

X

 

Admitted Students Event

March

X

 

 

Gala/Online Auction

Winter/Spring

X

X

 

Wishlist

Fall & Spring

X

 

X

Annual Appeal Campaign

Fall

X

X

 

School Directory

Fall

 

X

 

School Database

Ongoing

 

 

X

Newsletter

Ongoing

 

 

X

Parents Night Out

Fall/Spring

X

X

 


Friends of Payton (FOP) is a parent-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID #36-4409659) that raises funds and provides volunteer assistance to support Walter Payton College Prep. Our mission is to enrich educational and extracurricular activities with outside resources to supplement the limited funding allotted to Payton through the public school system.  -- Friends of Payton, 1034 N. Wells, Chicago, IL  60610 --

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