PTA Committees

Please join PTA to show your support of Cory Elementary. We have many opportunities for volunteers to help the wonderful Cory community. Please take a moment to look over the events and let us know where you would like to help!

We welcome any ideas for new events or suggestions on ways to improve upon existing PTA activities. We also hope you can join us! We meet on the 1st Friday of most months outside or via Zoom.

2022-2023 PTA Leadership

President- Alison Durnavich
VP (Internal Communication) – Michelle Shamis
VP (External Communication) – Marianne Lapuyade
Treasurer – Danielle Gooden
Secretary – Melissa Viola
CSC/PTA Liaison – Naurin Gilger

2022-2023 PTA Membership

Individual $15.00 USD Couple $30.00 USD

2022-2023 Committees

For information on any of these committees or if you have PTA-related questions, please email us or the respective committee chair listed below.  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated!

October 2022

National Walk/Bike to School Day

Fine Arts Committee


November 2022

Grounds Clean-Up Day

  • Chairs
  • Sarah Hilsendeger
  • Chad Hilsendeger
  • Sarita Yeldandi
  • Vickram Yeldandi

Book Fair


Mill Wolfson

Kelly Woodward

Megan Davenport

Thanksgiving Lunch


February 2023

Art Night


April 2023

Cory Annual Auction

Auction Chairs needed

May 2023

Spring Dance

  • Melissa Viola
  • Margo Serlin

Band Liaison

Communication for Band performance to PTA Secretary for marketing to Cory

Cory Gear

Dine Outs

Educational School Events – Art Night OR STEAM Night 

Friends of Cory Annual Giving Campaign 

Fine Arts Committee

Garden / Chicken Coop / Farmers Market / CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture)

Summer, Skeeter, Scot Krieder, Travis Keeley, Jill Osarski, Amy Perfect

An extension of the classroom, hands-on work in an urban garden can be children’s first introduction of how to plant and grow your own food.  Students learn how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables while teachers provide information about healthy eating.  Students may grow to have a better relationship with food thanks to the increase in fruit and vegetable consumption.  

Chickens often attract students that are otherwise not interested in gardening and generate excitement among the entire school community. Additionally, chickens provide students with an opportunity to better understand how to properly care for and establish a positive relationship with animals.


Farmers Markets


Chicken Coop

Fall Clean up 

Fall Festival Carnival 

Fifth Grade Continuation

Fun Run

Hospitality / Stock the Lounge / Teacher Appreciation

Merrill Middle School liaison

Coordination of the Merrill administration to come to a PTA meeting before the School Choice process happens for Q&A for incoming 6th graders.

National Walk/Bike to School Day

One campus celebration

Promote Grocery Cards/Amazon Smile/Box Tops 

Scholastic Book Fair

School Supplies

School Tours 

Spring Auction

Stock the Cellar- Collect and store physical wine. Organize Stock the Cellar party. Use monetary wine donations to purchase additional wine and alcohol to create silent and live item packages. 

Spring Dance

Spooky Story Night 


Kristen Swindell, Paul Goldberg, Monique Maddox