PTO Events 


Hardy PTO hosts a number of events throughout the year to build a more connected community. Some events raise funds to support programs at the school. Please note some dates may be subject to change due to weather or other scheduling considerations.


We always need volunteers at PTO events to help with set-up/clean-up and to help supervise games and activities. These are often short, half-hour shifts, and kids are almost always welcome to help their volunteering adult with their task.


If you are planning to attend an event and won't have your hands full with child supervision or other factors (we get it: sometimes you just can't!), please consider signing up for a shift!


These are some events the PTO has sponsored with donations in past years ...



Kindergarten Caregiver Coffee Social

Meet other caregivers outside on the playground after drop-off. 


Hardy Garden Fall Planting Day

Help get the Hardy Garden ready for autumn with fall plantings!


International Walk, Bike, and Roll to School

Ditch the car and join your neighbors for one of Safe Routes to School's flagship events.


School Picture Day

The PTO traditionally coordinates Hardy's School Picture Day. Please watch your email and your student's backpack for more information, including ordering details. We are always looking for volunteers to help on Picture Day!


Harvest Fest

A fall-favorite community event: buy fall pumpkins and mums and guess the weight of the giant pumpkin to support PTO programs and events. 

Volunteers are needed for set-up, sales table, activities, and clean-up. 


Trunk or Treat 

A new tradition for Hardy.  Come park your car at the Hardy parking lot and decorate your trunk to hand out candy or non-candy favors.  Costumes welcome, but not mandatory.  Walking to the event strongly encouraged if you are not bringing your car to decorate.

Pumpkin Composting - The Great Pumpkin Rescue!

A Hardy PTO Green Team tradition to compost pumpkins and gourds - volunteers are needed to help folks load their pumpkins onto a truck.


Craft Day

An afternoon of crafting and community building in the Hardy cafeteria.


Book Fair

Students attend the Book Fair during their Library class and shop for books to support the PTO. Teacher wish lists are available for online purchasing to support classroom libraries.

Families can come by the Hardy Library, too, during family shopping times.


The next Book Fair will be held in March 2024. We need volunteer cashiers and shopping helpers every year.


Hardy Carnival


This fun and free community event features games and prizes, hosted in the Hardy gymnasium. Volunteers are needed for set-up/clean-up and to run the games and booths.

Walk, Ride & Roll to School Day - February 

We cheer on students who walk, bike, or roll to school -- or at school! -- with this annual Winter Walk event.


Hour of Code Week


Hour of Code is a PTO-sponsored, caregiver-led event at which students get a brief introduction to the world of coding. All classes participate in a 40-minute session, scheduled during their Library time.


This is a great way to get involved and spend some time in your student's classroom. Adults do NOT need coding experience as classroom helpers.




Family Skate Night 


Come ice skate with your Hardy friends at the Ed Burns skating rink in Arlington! All Hardy families are invited.


This event is organized by 5th grade families and will raise funds for 5th grade end-of-year activities. 



May Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day

Celebrate walking and rolling to school! Volunteers needed to hand out stickers and bookmarks.


Hardy Garden Spring Planting Day

Help plant native pollinator-friendly perennials and fun annual plants in the Hardy garden (corner of Lake St. and Brooks Ave.)!


We will have children's gardening gloves available and some digging tools. Please bring your own adult gloves and additional digging tools to help out!


Jim Swan Memorial 5th Grade Trash Pick-a-Thon 

This event perfectly exemplifies the Hardy motto of Hand, Mind, and Heart. Jim Swan was a Hardy dad who passed away in 2021. Among the many ways Jim made an impact on the Hardy community was walking to Hardy and around town with his family, picking up litter with a bucket and picker, making the world a bit of a brighter, cleaner place.


In his memory, the 5th grade class picks up litter around East Arlington and collects pledges from family, friends, and neighbors to support the PTO.



STEAM Maker Festival


Hands-on arts, crafts, building, planting, and science at the Hardy Chandler St. playground! We have live STEM demos and a free raffle.



Field Day


Students participate in this annual Hardy event on a Friday in early June at Thorndike Field and Hardy School. 

Field Day is sponsored by the PTO and we need LOTS of adult volunteers to make this a great day for the kids!



Hardy Picnic


Families are invited to pack a picnic lunch and join in free games, prizes, and music on the Hardy Chandler St. playground on a weekend date before the end of school in June. 


We need volunteers to help run the various activity tables and help with set-up and clean-up.



Events Archive


Get details about past Hardy PTO events!


2022-23 Events