Volunteer with the Merriam PTO!

Welcome to the 2022- 2023 School Year! The Merriam PTO is excited to get back to work supporting our school community. 

What is the Merriam PTO?

The Merriam PTO is a volunteer group that works to facilitate parent and faculty communication, advocate for Merriam students, encourage parent involvement in the Merriam community, enhance Merriam community relations, and raise funds to enrich the educational experience at Merriam. The current Board Members are Co-Chairs- Beth Chimento and Jillean Price, Communications- Rhonda Belka, and Treasurer- Kate Foley.  There is no need to “join” the PTO at Merriam. All important grownups in the lives of our students are welcome. We will meet in the evenings throughout the school year to discuss opportunities and events for our community. Everyone is welcome at those meetings. Please join us.

How do I learn about PTO events? 

The PTO distributes a weekly newsletter via email, the N2K, that details all upcoming school and PTO events, as well as some community events. The first N2K will come out next Sunday night (9/11). Events are also posted on the Merriam School Community facebook page.

How can I get more involved? 

We are looking for people to lead the events listed below. Pick one that interests you and make it your own! Volunteer with a friend…it is less work and more fun!! If you are interested, please email Beth Chimento at beth.chimento@gmail.com.


We are looking for someone to manage the PTO website, which is a wordpress site on Dreamhost. This position would also manage the Merriam room parent mailing lists on google groups and also support the N2K email newsletter, which is sent via wordpress and the Newsletter plugin. The parent currently doing this work will help with the transition.

*WooSox Outing- May 2023

We are looking for someone to coordinate this fun Merriam outing. This would involve selecting a date, communicating with the WooSox, and coordinating ticket distribution. Volunteer time would be from mid-April up until the game date.

*Fun Run- May 2023

This event is the primary fundraiser for the Merriam PTO but will be slightly different this year. We are looking for someone to lead this event with assistance from the PTO chairs. Planning for this event will be in the Spring.

*Cultural Events Coordinator- Fall/ Winter 2022

We are looking for someone to help identify amazing events and opportunities for our Community. 

*Graduation Coordinator- June 2023

We are looking for a community member to work with the administration and 6th grade teachers to coordinate the 6th grade graduation ceremony, yearbooks, and tee shirts. Additional volunteers can certainly be recruited. Preferably this would not be a 6th grade parent.