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What We Do

Las Animas Home and School Club (Volunteer Programs Offered)

Las Animas Home and School Club provide a multitude of enrichment opportunities, through volunteer-based work. Our team relies heavily on fundraising and parent participation to support the many programs for all the children of this school. Please see below for a full list of descriptions that may interest you, and to see how you can get involved. Without parent support, these programs are not possible.


Arts (Wendy’s heART)

Program Description:

A school-wide art program, utilizing hands-on application in the classrooms, implemented and taught by parent volunteers.

Program Lead & Contact:  Kari Bertrand,


Birthday Marquee

Program Description: Want to have your child’s name up in front of the school to recognize their birthday? Visit to find the order form. Print and bring along with payment ($20) in birthday marquee slot in the HSC box in the office. Requests should be made at least two weeks before your child's birthday.  

Program Lead & Contact: Jodi Pulford,


Book Fair (Scholastic)

Program Description: Promote reading and raise funds for classroom libraries! We have two fairs scheduled per year, on average. We are always in need of volunteers to help us set-up, staff and break-down the fair in our school library. Find out how you can help by contacting the program lead.

Program Lead & Contact: Jeanna North,


Box Tops 

Program Description:

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products.  All you do is clip and send them to school. For more information, including a list of participating products, please contact program lead.

Program Lead & Contact: Christine Wanish,


Cash Cards

Program Description: Give back to our school while you shop!  Visit to register and view selection of cards available. The percentage our school receives varies per business, with ranges from 2% -16%.  Buy the cards for your personal shopping or for a gift. Some cards are already available on-hand, so contact for more information.

Program Lead & Contact: Desiree Chung,



Program Description: This is a group for Spanish speaking only parents, and partners directly with the HSC to ensure we are inclusive and support the dual immersion foundation of our school community.

Program Lead & Contact: Toni Soza, 408-427-5016


Fundraising (General Questions/New Ideas)

Program Description:

Fundraising is a critical part of HSC, and is foundational to how we operate. There are many fundraisers offered throughout the year that will be communicated each month as they are upcoming.  If you would like to help with fundraising, or have an idea please contact one of the leads.

Program Lead & Contact:  Ellie Rose,


G.A.T.E. Enrichment         

Program Description: This is a weekly after-school enrichment program, providing academic lessons and associated field trips to G.A.T.E. certified students at Las Animas Elementary. Activity blocks are 6 weeks with instruction by various teachers and supported by parent volunteers.

Program Lead & Contact: Desiree Chung,, Ana Delgadillo,


Grant Writer

Program Description: Do you like to write?  Looking for a way to contribute to our school, but can only do so in your “off-hours” at home?  We are always looking for help with writing grants to take advantage of the many financial opportunities available to fund the fun and exciting programs we strive to continue to offer our students. 

Program Lead & Contact: Jeanna Licata,


Logo Wear

Program Description: Show your school spirit by purchasing Las Animas Bears logo wear!  A variety of shirts and sweatshirts in both adult and child sizes are available for order.  Samples and order forms will be made available in the front office.

Program Lead & Contact: Stacy Emmert,



Program Description: The Las Animas library is run solely by parent volunteers. It's a wonderful opportunity for us, as parents, to promote the love of reading and books to your children with weekly class visits. The students love coming in and choosing their own book with the assistance of the parent volunteers. This also aids in your child's AR (Accelerated Reading) quizzes and points that are a part of their classroom curriculum.  Please consider donating time (no amount is too little!) to help us make this program possible.

Program Lead & Contact: Kim Kaplan,


Los Dichos

Program Description: Los Dichos helps Spanish-speaking parents become involved in their children’s education and instill a positive cultural identity in their children.  Los Dichos volunteers are trained in Spanish in the principles of positive youth development, including the importance of parent involvement in education.  Each month, Los Dichos volunteers read specially selected bilingual books in the classroom and lead activities and discussions about topics including tolerance, family pride, peaceful conflict resolution and other important values. 

Program Lead and Contact: Adriana Torres, 


Project Cornerstone

Program Description: Promote good feelings, student-to-student respect, and help make our school a place ALL students feel safe. This YMCA-sponsored program involves parent volunteers reading in an assigned classroom once a month (Sept - May) and leading a discussion/activity to reinforce the strategy/lesson highlighted in the book. Spanish readers very much appreciated! New readers are required to take a 90-minute training session. Regular trainings are given monthly for each month’s lesson.

Program Lead & Contacts: Tiffany Oetinger,, Kim DeWitt, 


Restaurant Nights

Program Description: Want to help support our school and get a night off from cooking dinner? Join us at our monthly restaurant night fundraiser! Each month, a different local restaurant donates a percentage of their profits back to our school when you dine on the designated night and show them the flyer from our school. It's a win for everyone and makes dinner easy! Watch for details to be sent home with your child, through the HSC Facebook page and the all call messages.

Program Lead & Contact: Liz Perez,


Safe Routes to School

Program Description:  Las Animas Safe Routes to School Taskforce promotes safely walking, biking or rolling to school.  We partner with County Public Health, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Gilroy Police Officers, and Gilroy Traffic Engineers to provide support and services.  Meetings are held monthly to plan the walk and roll educational and encouragement activities. 

Program Lead & Contact: Juan Garcia, and Francisca Garcia,


Science Alive

Program Description: Science Alive is run solely by parent volunteers.  The purpose of Science Alive is to introduce science to our students as early as possible to prevent them from getting intimidated.  Through the step by step FOSS study guides, parent volunteers lead lessons that allow students to handle and study objects that exist all around us, understand basic theories of cause and effect and the “how” and “why”.  Students have a great time while learning at each Science Alive session!

Program Lead & Contact: Desiree Chung,


Science Fair

Program Description: The Las Animas Science Fair provides an opportunity for students to complete a science experiment and science fair board.  Students in K-2 will complete an experiment and board as a class.  Grades 3-5 will complete individual boards.

Thanks to a grant from the Synopsys Foundation, all boards, and two or three evening lectures are provided to the students, free of cost.

Program Lead & Contact: TBD – Volunteers needed for this program to run! Contact Kim DeWitt or Kim Kaplan if you’re interested!


Spring Festival & Auction 

Program Description: Las Animas Spring Festival & Auction Night is an annual event where families come together for a wonderful cause (our children's education) and bid on amazing silent and live auction items.  There will be food, games, and other fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.  The event will be held at the school.  It will be a fun event for all, and more importantly, is responsible for bringing in over $25,000 each year towards our enrichment programs and technology. Volunteers needed ASAP!

Program Lead & Contacts: TBD – Volunteers needed for this program to run! Contact Kim DeWitt or Kim Kaplan if you’re interested!


Teacher Appreciation    

Program Description: Acknowledges teacher and staff birthdays throughout the year, plans teacher’s luncheons. There is also an annual Teacher/Staff Appreciation event in May.  Help is always needed – especially food donations. If you’re interested please contact the program lead.

Program Lead & Contact: Liz Perez,


Theater Arts 

Program Description: Our Theater Arts program is an after-school program for Third, Fourth and Fifth graders.

The goal of the program is to provide a learning environment in which students will feel safe, creative, supported and part of a team. By combining our talents and energy, we will produce two plays each year that will allow everyone to develop, have fun and do our personal best. It is an opportunity to bring a theatrical experience to life for our performers, our schoolmates, and our community.

Program Lead & Contact: Ms. Skye,    


Used Book Sale

Program Description:  This is a school-wide fundraiser with numerous benefits.   Gently used books are collected and then resold at $2 each. Some of the books collected are retained by the school librarian and put into circulation for all our students to enjoy.  Las Animas teachers are also allowed to choose a selection for their classroom libraries. Books not sold at the end of the school year are donated to local children in need.

Program Lead & Contact: Liz Perez,