Reed Community Events

Reed PTA provides many opportunities to involve and positively impact our community.  Our family nights (Movie Nights and Family Fun Night) bring our family and friends together on a Friday evening to enjoy some wholesome entertainment. 

The Fall Festival invites in family, friends and neighbors from the wider community to enjoy an evening of fun, food and frolic! 

Our dramatic arts and music program extends an invitation to family and friends to enjoy the Fall Musical, the Spring Variety Show and Music Concerts.

But, perhaps one of our most treasured community events is Family Service Night. Family Service Night was started in 2013 by Debbie Navratil who had a vision of providing the Reed community with opportunities to help others through family oriented service projects. 

Since its inception, the evening has grown more popular each year and is a treasured event at Reed.  Family Service Night works with Big Hearted Families (A program of Doing Good Together), whose mission is to empower families to raise caring, engaged children by offering unique programs and events, valuable services, and fun activities that promote kindness and giving.

“My family is very lucky to live as comfortably as we do, but I am often aware of how easy it is to take all our blessings for granted.  I want my children to understand that our health, our safety, our food, and our education are not guarantees in this world and that we need to be kind to others who may not be as lucky.  I know there are other parents at Reed who feel the same way, so I started thinking about something we could do.”  -Debbie Navratil

In the fall of 2013, Debbie alongside volunteers from Reed PTA hosted the first annual Family Service Night.  From 6:00 to 8:00 pm, families were able to work on an assortment of service projects to help people at Reed and in the wider community. The service projects are so easy that the hope is for families to continue to complete them at home all year long.

Here are some service projects the Reed community has had the honor of helping throughout the years:

Tie fleece no-sew blankets for Project Linus which donates blankets to children in need of love, security, and warmth.

Color pictures for the children in the Good Samaritan Hospital pediatric unit.

Weave rainbow loom bracelets for Looms for Love.

Creating holiday cards for U.S. military overseas.

Paint envelopes for Sunday Friends.

Assemble pom-pom fleece cat toys for the felines waiting to be adopted at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.

Decorate Thanksgiving placemats for the people that Meals on Wheels delivers to weekly.

Select a coin box to decorate and take home, so you can continue to save up money for a favorite charity all year long.

Decorate bookmarks for the Reed Library staff and volunteers to give to Reed students.

Assist in Mrs. Starr’s room, to help her label, repair, and reorganize her classroom library.

Donate food to the Second Harvest Food Drive, coats to the One Warm Coat drive and books (new and gently used) to the Assistance League of San Jose.

“We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the service night on Friday.  We had quite a busy Friday afternoon and weren’t even sure we would be able to make it but… WE ARE SO GLAD WE DID!!!  Working alongside other like-minded families to make a difference in other people’s lives felt amazing, we can only describe our feeling as a ‘warm fuzzy.’  There have been countless times when we have wanted to volunteer as a family and never have. 

“Afterwards, we went to dinner and talked about all the projects we did and how we impacted other people’s lives.  The kids were beaming!  They did something for others without expecting anything in return…and they felt great!  What an amazing gift for our kids!  Family Service Night was just perfect for our first (of many) volunteer experiences as a family.  We wanted to thank all the volunteers for their time.  We especially wanted to thank Debbie who had the vision, made the time, and carried out what we hope to be a long-lasting event at Reed.  We were proud to be Reed Bobcats that night!”  -The Rosa Family