Community Service Committee

Giving back to the community provides valued benefits to those in need, and valuable lessons to our students.  Whether it's adopting a family during the holidays or visiting seniors at Harmony Hall, the PTA's Community Service Committee gives PRES students and families opportunities to fulfill the needs of people in our own community.

Contact Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Claudia Salter, or Syma Siddiqui.


The projects for the upcoming school year are:



Coat Drive – Annual coat drive to benefit those in our community sponsored by the HCPSS Pupil Personnel Workers (PPWs) in cooperation with PTA Council of Howard County.

Thank you for your generous donations for the Annual PTA Warm Coat Drive!
We received over 100 coats this year to keep our fellow community members warm this winter.



Collection of candy, personal items and letters/cards for our troops through Operation Gratitude or similar organization.

  • Donations accepted through the first full week of November
  • Need volunteers to help collect, sort and send these items

Annual Candy & Cards Collection for Troops!

Get rid of sugary temptations and make soldiers feel loved at the same time!  The Community Service Committee's annual candy and cards collection will take place the first week of November.  Drop off your extra candy and notes of thanks in the PRES lobby before school on November 1, 2, and 3. Donations will be sent to our military troops in Iraq and Afghanistan (extra amounts may also be donated to Grassroots and Fort Meade). 

We need volunteers to help collect items!  Please sign up through Sign Up Genius:

Many thanks to Sheila McMahon for spearheading the distribution of donated items!




Deliver gift boxes and cards to chronically ill children at Johns Hopkins or HCGH. Participants fill a shoebox size plastic storage box with items such as crayons, markers, coloring books, writing journals, word searches, Matchbox cars, card games, puzzles, silly-putty, Play-Doh, bubbles, stickers, fun costume jewelry, and small toys.

  • Donations accepted in December
  • Need volunteers to help collect, sort, label, and deliver the shoeboxes



Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Nike collects used athletic shoes (do not have to be in good condition) and recycles them into Astro Turf, playground surfaces, zipper pulls, and more. 

  • Need volunteers to help collect and deliver the shoes to Arundel Mills Nike store



Book Drive – In conjunction with PRES Family Reading Night, we will collect new and gently used books to donate to Baltimore City Public Schools.

  • Need volunteers to help collect and deliver the books



Food on the 15th

Food on the 15th is back and we need your help!

Food on the 15th is an award-winning program which delivers free groceries and toiletries to economically disadvantaged seniors in our community.

PRES families participate in Food on the 15th by donating non-perishable food each month. The 5th grade classes sort and bag the food, and volunteers deliver the food to seniors around the middle of each month when seniors start to run out of money from their Social Security checks. 

This year we are making an ambitious update to our proud history of feeding low-income seniors in our own community. We hope your family will help provide monthly groceries to 27 struggling seniors and stock a new food pantry for the 65 residents at a nearby Independent Living complex. Please choose to help by having your children bring healthy non-perishable food to their classroom for this collection each month.

We have a large need for:

  • canned tuna and chicken
  • dried and canned fruit
  • nut butters
  • jelly
  • soups
  • canned meals
  • adult non-sugary breakfast foods
  • rice
  • pantry staples


The November collection drive is part of the PRES PE department's Turkey Trot competition.

Last year we donated 3,203 food items.  Let’s break our record this year!

Students receive 5 points per food item toward their class Turkey Trot score.

Last year we had an abundance of corn and mac and cheese so please limit donations of these items. We cannot accept expired food, glass containers, or open packages. Please no ramen soup.

Food will be collected on November 16 to ensure an on time Thanksgiving delivery. If at all possible please have most of your donations in school prior to this date.

COLLECTION DATES:  November 1-21

DELIVERY DATES: November 16 and 21


Volunteer for delivery days at our Food On The 15th Delivery SignUp Genius.

Also visit our new Pantry Wish List to match your generosity with their needs.  

For questions and large donations, please contact Susan Corp.