Project Ideas


  • Consider doing one or many projects for Valley Oaks School such as:

    • Ask any staff member if they have projects they need done that you could do or help with.
    • Take down all the graduation/Bell Ringing Ceremony photos and restaple them on the walls of the computer lab in building #1.
    • Make an 8th Grade Promotion Banner to help decorate the room for the ceremony
    • Do one of our window boxes on the outside of building 1 or 2
    • Hang the new t-shirt drawings from the New Student Packets and take down some old ones
    • Fix-up the college information wall area in building #1
    • Make cards with our VOS logo on them
    • Make candy leis for the 8th grade promotion & Bright News! winners
    • Make cupcakes for the 8th grade promotion
    • Make a Welcome! Banner for school functions
    • Fix up the school sign:  re-paint it, fix the letters/numbers, just get the cobwebs off.
    • Be a student speaker at a School Board meeting (May).  Make a video of our school of this year’s events and activities and students
    • Bake cookies for Back to School Night or for the state testing days.  
    • Prepare a Holiday Delivery to our neighbors from VOS.  
    • Try to sell/promote VOS logo items.   Do a fundraiser to purchase/offset costs of logo items for the school and students, build school pride!
    • Write an Argus Courier article promoting VOS.
    • Work on our grounds (pull weeds, prune roses and bushes). ← plant bulbs?  Come to our Garden Party days (one in the Fall and one in the Spring)
    • Make an entertaining new video for the Informational Meetings (&/or our website) that interviews students and tours the campus or that has some other theme like “The VOS Neighbors” or “A Typical Day”.
    • Take photos for our school website 

    Any ideas are welcome - please just ask us.  In the past a group of students did a wrapping paper fundraiser for the Student Room red chairs, campaigning for a Rebuilding Together VOS student team, an Earth Day group from VOS to attend the Beach Clean Up event, and more.

    Other Ideas (not for Valley Oaks):

    • 16yrs or older:  donate blood (may takes 1 to 3 hours to draw depending on how you want your blood to be taken, plus time for travel to the center)
    • Drop-in at the Petaluma Animal Shelter - North Bay Animal Services - on Hopper, and play with the animals.  No need to call ahead.
    • Contact a director of a non-profit senior living center and ask them if a senior is in need of a visit.  Read, play a game, talk with them.
    • Petaluma Wheelmen - a biking club go here and see their COMMUNITY SERVICE AND OUTREACH
    • go here to see volunteer opportunities with The Friends of the Petaluma River
    • Lynch Creek Trail Clean-Up: Friends of Lynch Creek are provide gloves, bags, pickers, dumpsters.  Pick up trash from N. McDowell to Lakeville.  
    • Try this website with ideas just for teens! (Thanks to VOS student, Althea Patchett!)    
      https://www.teenlife.com/blogs/50-community-service-ideas-teen-volunteers
    • Go to the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County website and click on “just for...    
      • teens” (try Animal Services:  a fun opportunity you can do at home:  be a “blanket
      • maker” for the animals in the shelter - 22inches x 22inches, with washable fabric)
    • Go to the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (Marin County) and click on “Find an Opportunity” 
    • Try going to the Sonoma County Gazette’s long list of volunteering ideas
    • Try going to a list of all the watershed and beach clean-up days (use the contact information to get current dates)
    • Try going to VolunteerMatch.org and search Petaluma and click on teens or kids (one opportunity there can be done completely online:  “use social media to inform others about multiple sclerosis”)
    • Jewish Community Free Clinic in Santa Rosa - www.jewishfreecinic.org   They are asking for volunteers - phones, and support work for their medical office.  So if you are interested in the medical field this is a good one for you!
    • Coastal Clean-Up Day with Heal the Bay
    • The North Bay Science Discovery Day at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds is looking for student volunteers - Sat. Oct. 28.  Contact Mike Roa (I ask that the students do 3-hour “shifts,” which leaves plenty of time to explore the exhibits before or after their shift. Interested students (or a teacher-coordinator) should contact me at mroa@sonic.net )
    • Do a food drive for COTS at Thanksgiving
    • To get “that last required hour done right away” why not try this website:
    • Do chores for a disabled neighbor or someone in a nursing home
    • Sponsor a child from a poorer country by doing Lemonade sales or selling See’s candy and spend time writing letters to the child
    • Sponsor an endangered animal through the World Wildlife Fund’s adoption center online by doing a Sally Foster fundraiser.  Make a poster about the animal and flyers to help educate the VOS community about endangered animals
    • Do The Human Race for the Sonoma Humane Society in May (The Human Race is in Santa Rosa and there is one in Marin called the Bay Area Human Race)
    • Organize gift bags for the Mary Isaak Center residents at the holidays