• Serve-a-thon 2017

    Friday, September 15, 12:35 – 2:45


    The Serve-a-thon is a unique program. We ask students to collect sponsors for engaging in community service. Then, on the Serve-a-thon Day, for two hours, all students participate service oriented activities. With about 600 students, this means that CMS will engage in nearly 1,200 hours of community service in one afternoon!


    Sponsorship forms and donations are due Wednesday, September 13, before school.

    Community Service performed Serve-a-thon Day, Friday, September 15, 12:35-2:45.


    The Carmel Middle School PTO holds its annual, and only, fundraiser in the first part of the school year to pay for many exciting events and programs that may not be covered by the school budget, such as special classroom needs, field trips, special assemblies, after school athletics, lunchtime activities, school dances, honors ceremonies, anti-bullying and character building programs, the Renaissance Faire, the MEarth Habitat, promotion events, art, theater, and music extras, Science Fair, student scholarships, teacher stipends, and much more.

    We also used past funds to refurbish the popular Wiffle Ball Court and to add new, outdoor, break-time activities, such as permanent ping pong tables, a bean bag toss area, an outdoor volleyball court, new soccer goals, and additional new tables and benches. All of these changes will enhance the lunch and break time experience of students with their friends. In order to maintain all of the excellent Carmel Middle School programs and events, our goal is to raise $60,000.


    Community service activities offered to CMS students on Serve-a-thon Day include:

    • Cards of Kindness -- Create greeting cards for one or more deserving or needy groups (e.g., military, home-bound seniors, firefighters, homeless).

    • Keepsake Boxes -- Design a keepsake box for a child entering foster care.

    • Tray-savers and Clips -- Decorate place mats and magnetic clothespins for the homebound served by Meals on Wheels.

    • Welcome Packets -- Create activity books for homeless children in transition.

    • Free Rice -- Answer online knowledge questions to earn rice that is donated to the UN World Food Program.

    • CMS Planting -- Prepare barren areas and plant native plants on the CMS campus.

    • Habitat Help -- Work in the MEarth Habitat on one of a variety of projects.

    • Give a Dog a Bone -- Bake, package, and collect donations for dog treats and human cookies and donate proceeds to a local animal rescue group.

    • Read to Elementary Students -- Inspire young readers by reading to CUSD elementary students.

    • Beach Clean Up -- Remove trash from a local beach.

    • Wood Shop Project -- Build and decorate a planter box to sell and donate proceeds to a local charity.

    • Music for the Elderly -- Advanced string instrumental musicians perform in senior homes.


    To help encourage students to collect sponsors, students earn prizes based on the amount of money they raise. Prizes are cumulative.


    • $25: Ice Cream & Raffle Party*  20 (Wed) – period 7 (1:55-2:45)

    • $50: Jamba Juice                         21 (Thurs) – at lunch (11:19-11:49)

    • $100: Taco Truck Lunch                22 (Fri) – at lunch (11:30-12:00)

    • $250: Bowling & Lunch                 6 (Fri) – per. 3 to mid-per 6 (10:35-1:30)

    • $300: Raffle ticket for new Sport Mountain Bike

    • $400: Raffle ticket for new iPad mini 4

    • $500: Giants Game! (vs. Padres)            30 (Sat) – all day (depart by 9:30)

    *The many (nearly 100!) raffle prizes are possible thanks to our generous Sponsors! Thank you Eisinger Orthodontics, Cassady Orthodontics, Erik Brown DDS, Graniterock, Bruce Haase Photography, Fashion Streaks, Valley Hills Nursery, Lloyds Shoes, Opentracker Racing Products, and Carmel Valley Flower Farm!


    Any questions? Please feel free to contact:

    Cindy Schroeder, cynschroed@aol.com (Serve-a-thon Coordinator)

Last Modified on September 4, 2017