Community Building & Outreach

These events are geared towards bringing our community together or supporting the larger Kansas City community.


Art in the Garden‚Äč

Art in the Garden is a long-standing Prairie tradition that celebrates the idea of recycling old materials to make new, beautiful art.

The event is held during school, but families are encouraged to come after school to walk through the garden, experience the art installations, and grab some popcorn or Kona Ice.



One of the most fun nights of the year, and one that every student looks forward to!

The Prairie Carnival is an all-school celebration that is hosted on school grounds and features a ton of games and activities for students to enjoy.


Special guest day

For Special Guest Day, students get to invite one guest of their choice to join them in their classroom to experience their daily life at Prairie, participate in a group activity, and enjoy lunch together.

Special Guest Day typically happens in the fall and overlaps the Book Fair.


field day

Lace up your favorite tennis shoes for another student-favorite! Field day is an outdoor, all-day event where each grade has a chance to participate in many games and activities.

Field Day is hosted by the school in conjunction with PTA support and volunteers.


sTEAM night

STEAM Night moves students and families t o rooms throughout the school to participate in activities and listen to experts in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

This is a free event that takes place on an evening in the Spring.


Snowball Project

Each year, Prairie Elementary partners with Operation Breakthrough to sponsor a family in need during the holiday season.

Before Thanksgiving Break, participating students select a "snowball" that contains a gift wish for one of the children of a sponsored family. Gifts are provided for the

SMAC Clothing Exchange

The Clothing Exchange offers gently used, clean clothing and shoes to those within the SMSD boundaries for free. Each year, Prairie PTA spends a day volunteering at the exchange.

Sock and Underwear Drive

An annual school-wide Sock and Underwear drive that benefits the SMAC Clothing Exchange.

it takes a village

join the fun

The truth is, hosting many events such as these takes a significant amount of support from Prairie families and the community. We couldn’t do it without our “village”!

varied commitment levels

all are welcome

Whether you commit for an hour per year, or an hour per week, we have a volunteer role that is perfect for you!

make a difference

enhance education

Volunteering at Prairie, and through the PTA, is one of the most impactful ways to enhance the education of your child and other children at Prairie.


Commonly Asked Questions

Volunteering is easy! Watch our weekly PTA Newsletter for opportunities, or send us an email and we can help you find a role that works for you: [email protected]

No problem. We have various events during the school year that are on the weekends, or are during the evening. We also have several behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities. Email us at [email protected] to inquire.

Absolutely! We have so many opportunities that vary greatly, we would be happy to chat and help find a role that is perfect for you and your schedule. Email us! [email protected]

Yes. We understand that not everyone is able to volunteer. We also understand that many parents still want to contribute. We’ve created a way for you to donate towards the PTA, which directly goes towards annual programming at Prairie.¬†

No. It takes every volunteer available throughout the year to host as many events and activities as we do. All parents/guardians are welcome to sign up!

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