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POP (Parents of Prairie) is Prairie’s parent organization and it’s purpose is to work with the entire parent community to enhance the overall student experience. This is done by bringing the Prairie parents together to build, enrich, and broaden relationships; facilitating collaboration and dialogue between Prairie faculty and parents; reinforcing the mission of the school; providing useful services to school families; and providing a social connection. Every parent is encouraged to participate in POP activities in order to build a strong, connected Prairie community.

POP Events at Prairie

Volunteer Opportunities:

Uniform Swap and Sale

Thursday, March 8th, 4 – 7PM
Friday, March 9th, 8AM – 3PM

Sign-up for a half hour shift and help at the annual spring uniform swap and sale!

All School Open House

Monday, April 9th, 6-8PM

Volunteer as a tour guide or greeter and play a critical role in helping prospective families experience what makes Prairie so exceptional!

Spring Parent Social

Monday, May 11th, 4-7PM

Event and volunteer details to be announced soon. 

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7th – 11th

A favorite of faculty and families alike, volunteer to bring in food in honor of the educators who make Prairie such a special place.

To view a list of volunteer opportunities and sign up to serve as a volunteer, please click here:

Meet the Leadership Team!

The POP Leadership Team is a group of parents representing all three divisions. The team works alongside the Admission Office to reinforce the mission of the school through community events and activities.

  • Tell us about your kids. Lilah 2022 and Zachary 2024
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I am grateful to have a supportive and loving husband and two happy & healthy kids!
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? Happy.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I want my kids to know that I am always available to be a part of their lives.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I love spiders!
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Travel, eat and socialize
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? Both 3 years old, Early School
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? Relationships with teachers, staff and parents.
  • What do your children love about Prairie? Fun teachers that are flexible with their teaching methods. Every student learns differently and the teachers at Prairie make sure all understand what they are learning.
  • Preferred Email Address: [email protected]
  • Tell us about your kids. Eleanor ’30 and Gus ’33.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? Everything! I’m very lucky to have my husband and kids in my life.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? When I was 10, I read an article about scientists who were teaching monkeys sign language, and I really wanted to do that for a long time.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? Our family loves TPS. I want to give back and let other families know what a special place this is.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! History and travel light my soul up! My dream, when my husband and I retire, is to sell everything and travel the world as a nomad.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Walk, read, spend time with friends, visiting new restaurants and places.
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? Kindergarten.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? Parent involvement is highly encouraged and supported. I’m welcome to have lunch with my kids and help in the classroom as needed. I appreciate having those opportunities as well as the open lines of communication with the teachers.
  • What do your children love about Prairie? There’s so much to love, but they definitely adore the teachers and staff.
  • Preferred Email Address: [email protected]
  • Tell us about your kids. Nick and Madeline ’22.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I appreciate my family and my extended family.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a veterinarian.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I like staying connected with the school and the Prairie community.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I used to teach science at Prairie.
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? Kindergarten
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? I love how the Prairie community involves the parents. I also appreciate how the teachers are accessible to parents throughout the year.
  • Preferred Email Address: [email protected]
  • Tell us about your kids. Cat ’28, Boo ’28, and Jackson ’23.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I love that we can travel. The kids and I love a good road trip or camping trip.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? Funny, I always thought I would own a restaurant. When I met my husband I had no idea that’s what his family business was.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I feel like Prairie gives so much to my kids that it’s only a small way I can help give back to the school. I often hear people complain about this or that, but unless you take an active role you really don’t have a say.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I have a goal to visit all the national parks! I love the outdoors and am a huge pioneer era history buff.
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? All 3 started in Early School.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? How the school makes everyone feel welcome from student to siblings to parents to grandparents. And now we welcome the public to some activities. It’s really nice.
  • Preferred Email Address: [email protected]
  • Tell us about your kids. Jack ’26, Joe, and Jordan ’31.
  • What do you appreciate most about your life? I appreciate having the opportunity to stay home with my children. It’s allowed me the time to spend with them as babies, and now the time to volunteer at their school.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a teacher. I received my Masters in Education and taught until choosing to stay home with my boys.
  • What inspires you to be a POP volunteer? I have a deep appreciation for The Prairie School. I have two different perspectives as both an alum and a parent that I feel is valuable to new families. I want new families to have an easy transition and build a similar appreciation for this community.
  • Share a fun fact (or two!) about yourself! I love to travel!
  • How old were your children when you came to Prairie? My children started in Early School as three-year-olds.
  • What do you love most about the Prairie community? I love that the school has three divisions. It’s such an advantage for the students to have multi-age buddies and the opportunity to observe the different events/milestones for each division throughout the year.
  • Preferred Email Address: [email protected]

Questions? Contact Callie Atanasoff at 262.752.2531 / [email protected].