Help Wanted

The Help Wanted is a weekly email that lists all the current volunteer needs in the Ann Arbor Open community.  For general volunteering questions or if you’re new to Ann Arbor Open and would like some help finding the right volunteer job for you, contact the AAO Volunteer Coordinator, Angie Watson (

Here are the current volunteer needs:

Picture Day Helpers - 9/24:  One more parent volunteer is needed on Tuesday, September 24th from 8:00 until 12:00 or so to assist the photographers.  Contact Karen Davis ( if you can help.

Latinx Month Bulletin Board and Window Display:  Two or three parents are needed to create a bulletin board outside the office for Latinx Month in October.  Planning and construction would take place between September 25th and September 30th at a time that works for the volunteers.  The school can provide some supplies, but parents are welcome to bring their own artifacts or materials.  Marieta is also creating a window display with artifacts and traditional clothing from Spanish-speaking countries.  The details are still being worked out but she could use another 1-3 volunteers for that display.  Please contact Marieta ( if you are able to help with either project.

Room 310 Clean Out - 10/4 and 10/5:  Adult and big kid volunteers (grades 5-8 ONLY please, no younger siblings) are needed to help clean out Room 310, a large and very full storage room. Adults are needed 1pm - 5pm on Friday 10/4.  Big kids can help from 3:22 - 5pm.  It will involve moving lots of heavy, dirty items into the upstairs hallways.  A few adults are needed on the morning of Saturday, 10/5 to sort, purge, and put back the items.  Contact Abbey ( if you are able to help.

Silent Auction, to be held November 22, 2019 -- Immediately seeking 1) artists and crafters to make items to be sold at the Secret Store, 2) volunteers to solicit donations via submitting online request forms, and 3) committee members:  1) If you knit, paint, make jewelry, etc., we are seeking hand-made items to sell at our secret store. 2) We need volunteers to put in a few hours filling out online forms to a predetermined list of businesses to request donations for our school Silent Auction. This is a great work-from-home-at-your-convenience volunteer position. 3) Join the fun silent auction committee in an at-large position, or as our promotions, alumni relations, or thank you note coordinator. If interested, or if you would like more information about any of these positions, contact Clare Sansburn (

Chicken Care:  Volunteers are needed to help care for our chickens.  The signup is on a weekly basis (Wednesday - Tuesday), and 2 volunteers can share a week.  Tasks do not need to be completed every day.  For more information and to sign up, visit:  Be sure to include your email address in the signup so you can receive more detailed instructions.  Contact Jennifer ( with questions.

Chicken Coop Winter Construction:  Our coop has a couple of final projects to get it ready for the winter.  We are looking for volunteers to help put the roof shingles on, and to enclose the storage area underneath the nest box.  All materials are provided - we just need people willing to provide the labor.  Please contact Jennifer Thomas ( or in room 261 and we can find the perfect time!  Thank you from Othello, Monopoly, Checkers, Chess, Sorry, and Trouble!

Apples for Teachers:  There is a bulletin board display of apple trees underneath the whale near the main entrance to the school, on which the staff post their needs.  Some are for daily use, some for classroom projects, and some for school-wide programs.  Please check out the display if you are in the building.  If you see an item you’d like to donate, simply take down the apple and return it to the staff member along with the item.  They really appreciate the donations!  Here are some examples of apples currently posted:
K-2:  kinetic sand (Tori), 20 orange Matchbox track sections with connectors (Sarah), 1 ream of black card stock (Diane), colored masking tape (Diane), a heavy duty tape dispenser (Diane), 1 ream of white opalescent card stock (Diane)
3-4: adult scissors (Chad), basketball - used is ok (Tom), duct tape (Chad), books appropriate for grades 3 and 4 - gently used is fine (Tom), pencil sharpener (Chad), painters tape (Chad) 
5-6: baseball mitts - right and left-handed (Joe), Expo dry erase markers (Joe)
7-8: no requests at this time
Other:  adult small and adult large gender neutral short sleeve shirt (clinic), size 12 and 14 gender neutral stretchy waist pants - used is fine (clinic), many forks and spoons - used is fine (staff lounge), many used kitchen towels (staff lounge)