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VCMS Speech Tournament: Calling for parent help!
Posted 01/26/2017 02:37PM

The Valley Catholic Middle School Speech (VCMS) Tournament is an annual event that brings nearly 1,000 contestants, parents, and teachers to our campus.

As part of the middle school program, all seventh- and eighth-grade VCMS students are required to participate because we believe public speaking is an essential skill for our students. Sixth- and fifth-grade students are invited to participate but their participation is not required. However, it is a great opportunity to earn service hours while seeing the tournament in action. 

Whether you are a parent of an eighth-grade student or a sixth-grade student, we would greatly appreciate your help. The snack and food sales at the tournament eliminate the need for other fundraisers/sales (candles, wrapping paper, jog-a-thon, etc.). This can only happen with parent help.

There are several key areas where we need help. All hours spent working at the speech tournament count as required service hours for Valley Catholic Elementary School (as stated in the VCES handbook). In some cases, it is possible to work several jobs this day and receive up to 8 hours of service.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact VCMS Vice Principal Dale French at or by calling 503-718-6509.

Prior to the tournament



Basic description



Coordinate/organize lunch sales


Volunteers will work in the kitchen, helping to order supplies and shop for basics, including table decorations (plastic table cloths, confetti, flowers, etc.).






Assistance is based on your availability. It is needed in multiple locations.


Student and parent help is needed on Friday, Feb. 24, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Day of the tournament



Basic description










Volunteers will help VCMS staff distribute registration folders and sell lunch tickets.


7:00 – 8:15 a.m.

Data entry (scores)/ collating coaches’ packets


Volunteers will enter contestant scores into the computer, transcribing the judge’s score sheets into the computer program. Additionally, they will collate the score sheets by school.


9:30 a.m.
– 3:00 p.m.

Hallway monitors


Monitors will be most needed during the time that parent help is allowed, so you will not be able to help your own child. There will be significant quiet times of up to 30 minutes. It is recommended that monitor volunteers bring a book or newspaper to read.


8:30 a.m.
– 2:00 p.m.

Clean-up crew


Volunteers will help clean up the classrooms, hallways, lobby, cafeteria, auditorium, etc. This involves cleaning any materials or trash left by the tournament contestants (lost and found materials, trash left on desks, on the floor, etc.).


2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Snack sales


Volunteers will sell items the day of the tournament. There will be three snack tables. Each table should have at least two adults present.


7:00 a.m. –
3:00 p.m.



Volunteers will assist with serving and delivering items during lunch.


10:00 a.m.
– 1:00 p.m.

Welcome desk/first aid station


First aid training is a must. There will be significant quiet times of up to 30 minutes. It is recommended that these volunteers bring a book or newspaper to read.


8:00 a.m.
– 3:00 p.m.

Judges’ hospitality room


Volunteers will set up and host the judges’ hospitality room, making sure that food and drinks are well stocked and that the room stays clean. They will also monitor the room to ensure that only judges enter it.


7:00 a.m.
– 3:00 p.m.

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