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Parent Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways for parents to participate in the life of the Tampa Prep community, and signing on to help with one or more Tampa Prep Parents Alliance (TPPA) activities is a great place to start.

Fill in your contact information below, then follow the prompts and check all the activities for which you would like to be placed on the email list and you will be contacted by those grade-level representatives or committee/event chairs.

We invite ALL interested parents, stepparents, grandparents, guardians, etc. to sign up for TPPA activities, so please let them know about this webpage. Please interpret our use of "parent" to include all these adults who are interested in becoming more involved at Tampa Prep.

More details about specific events and activities will be provided in the TPPA section of the weekly electronic newsletter published every Thursday by the School, and via emails sent to you either by an event coordinator or by the TPPA Communications Coordinator. So check your email inbox often, and thanks for becoming a more involved parent at Tampa Prep! If you have any questions about this form, contact parentsalliance@tampaprep.org.

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Middle School Activities

TPPA-sponsored activities in the Middle School include grade-level events such as informal parent socials as well as division-wide events such as the Spirit Lunch. Grade-level activities are coordinated by the Class Representatives and Assistant Class Representatives who sometimes need additional help. Division-wide Middle School events are coordinated by the Middle School Coordinator with help from Class Reps and Assistant Class Reps. Each event requires additional help from Middle School parents. Please check the box below to see the full list of Middle School activities, and then check the box of each activity you might like to help with. All TPPA-sponsored division-wide Middle School activities take place on the Tampa Prep campus.

If you would like to help your Class Representatives and Assistant Representatives with some of the grade-level activities, please check the appropriate box(es) below.
On October 17, lunch will be provided for all Middle School students and faculty. Help is needed for up to two hours at lunchtime to set up, serve and clean up.
The first dance of the Middle School calendar (for 7th and 8th graders only) will take place Friday, December 6. Help is needed from 7th and 8th grade parents to hire a DJ, plan the menu, decorate the venue and clean up. Help is needed from 6th grade parents to chaperone this event.
On Febuary 21, lunch will be provided for all Middle School students and faculty early in the second semester. Help is needed for up to two hours at lunchtime to set up, serve and clean up.
This Middle School tradition, to be held on Friday, February 21, consists of an afternoon of field activities/games which are incorporated into the Middle School Terrapin Service Day. Help is needed to set up, man and clean up each game station.
As part of the eighth grade history curriculum, eighth grade students create a memorial commemorating a favorite historical person or event. These are presented during an evening program in the late spring. Help is needed to plan and obtain simple refreshments, set up, serve and clean up.
All Middle School students will present their English portfolios at a morning gathering held Monday, April 14. Help is needed to plan, obtain, serve and clean up light refreshments for parents, faculty and students.
Middle School parents host this festive event that takes place Friday, May 2. Help is needed to plan the menu, purchase and prepare the food (including grilling the burgers and hot dogs), set up, serve and clean up.
All Middle School students are invited to this year-end party on Friday, May 9. Help is needed to hire a DJ, plan and obtain snacks, decorate the venue, chaperone and clean up.

Upper School Activities

TPPA-sponsored activities in the Upper School are coordinated grade-by-grade. If you would like to help your Class Representatives and Assistant Class Representatives with some of these activities (such as serving a lunch or treat to students or coordinating a grade-level social), please check the appropriate box(es) below.​

School-Wide Activities

TPPA sponsors various activities and helps provide volunteers for other activities sponsored by Tampa Prep. Signing up for one or more of the activities is a great way to meet parents from all grade levels. All activities are comprised of several tasks, some larger and some smaller, so you will be able to find the perfect task that matches your talents and available time. Please check the box below to see the full list of school-wide activities, and then check the box of each activity you might like to help with. 

This group of parents organizes special lunches and other “thank yous” for the faculty several times a year.
Chairs: Shana Stokes and Christina Komar​​
Working toward fulfilling the Tampa Prep mission of “going beyond”, this committee investigates and coordinates opportunities for Tampa Prep families to participate in community service projects in the greater Tampa area.
Chair: Laura Blair​​
This energetic team plans Tampa Prep’s annual gala to be held Saturday, March 1. Working on the Gala is almost as much fun as attending it! Gala duties range from envelope stuffing to décor creation to data management. All contributions — large and small — of time and talent are welcome.
Chair: Alta Schlemmer​​
Volunteers are needed to help with this day of fun and Terrapin golf on Friday, October 11. Proceeds from the Golf Outing benefit the Alumni Financial Assistance Fund.
Contact: Robin Kennedy — rkennedy@tampaprep.org ​
Sponsored by the Development Office, parents are needed to help register our special guests, and then set up, serve and clean up a breakfast and lunch Friday, February 7. You may volunteer for all or part of this wonderful day, which is eagerly looked forward to by our Prep grandparents.
Chair: Amy Crumpton ​
This day of athletic competition between Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep will be hosted by Tampa Prep on Saturday, January 11. Volunteers are needed to help obtain the food, cook, serve and clean up lunch. We also need volunteers to staff the roving cart and deliver hot beverages to spectators during the first hour or two of competition. Volunteers will have their choice of various task(s) and shift(s).
This group helps with organizing and planning light refreshments for parents at TPPA sponsored events throughout the school year.​
Chair: Dionna Doss​​

Special Interest Groups

TPPA sponsors several special interest groups and new members are ALWAYS WELCOME. Signing up for one or more of these groups is a great way to meet parents from all grade levels. Participation in these groups is completely flexible; you may come to any or all of the meetings as your schedule permits, and you’re welcome to come even if you don’t sign up below. Please check the box below to seethe full list of current special interest groups, and then check the box of each group you might like to join.

Join with other Prep parents on the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at School for a lively discussion about the selected book. Readings come from a variety of genres and will be chosen by group vote. One nice perk of this book club: you’re welcome to come even if you haven’t read the book!
Contacts: Ashley Ise and Sheri Freedman ​
Join this lively, informal group of other International moms and dads who meet once per month at a location close to school, usually for coffee. Get acquainted, share cultures and learn more about what goes on at Tampa Prep.
Contact: Vilma Duquaine ​
Explore the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Tampa Bay area while making new friends. Outing destinations will vary and may include visiting a local museum, biking, kayaking or exploring the Tampa RiverWalk. Suggestions for activities are always welcome. Outings often end by going out to lunch (optional, of course, if you only have limited time).
Contacts: Katherine Burdge and Laurel Fredlake​
It’s great to be a Terrapin Dad! Why let Terrapin Moms have all the fun? Here’s your opportunity to meet other Tampa Prep dads for socializing in casual, informal, no-strings-attached gatherings.
Contacts: Rick Fueyo, Pat Baskette and Ted Zollinger​


While the Tampa Prep Parents Alliance organizes most of our volunteer opportunities, other opportunities exist as well. Please contact the following people for more information about these programs.

Team parent opportunities: Director of Athletics Michael Flynn
Art and Theater Program Support: Arts Department Chair Martha DeAmbrose
Annual Fund Committee: Director of Development Susan Depatie
Peifer Library assistance: Media Specialist Carole Holway



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