Odom Adopt-A-Family is coming soon!

The holidays should be a time of hope and giving, but for many Odom Elementary families, especially this year, the holidays can be stressful. At Joe Dan Mills Elementary, through the support of our generous Mills families and faculty, we'll make every effort to make the 2021 holiday season a little brighter for those in need.

Similar to last year, a detailed wishlist from Odom families will be shared through Facebook and newsletters. The SignUpGenius will be available to all Mills families and faculty the week of November 29 (if not earlier). The official event will take place on Saturday, December 18th, please stay tuned as more details will be shared.

For questions, please contact PTA Community Outreach Chair, May Martin at


2021 Coats for Kids Coat Drive Competition

It's time to bring in those new and gently used coats for the annual Junior League of Austin's Coats for Kids Coat Drive Competition! Mills families have such generous hearts, and we're always overflowing with donations to help keep local families in need warm this winter.

There will be a blue donation bin with a sign marked "Donation Bin for Coats for Kids" in the front parking lot. Just drive or walk right up and drop them off, the Community Outreach Committee will take it from there! We welcome new and gently used coats of all colors and sizes including adult-sized coats for teenagers. The coat drive runs from Monday, November 15th through Thursday, December 2nd.

Let's show our Mountain Lion spirit by helping us reach our goal of 250 coats (that’s 50 more than last year) and let's win the competition for elementary schools this year! We'll keep you posted here and on the Facebook page with a running tally. Thank you in advance for always showing your compassion for our community.


Dirt Club! December 5, 1-4 PM

Come work off some of that Thanksgiving meal! Our next landscaping outing is planned for Sunday, December 5 from 1-4 PM. Activities may include putting up a new outdoor dry erase board, clearing the fence line along Escarpment, and any touch-up painting we want to do.

Come for any amount of time that afternoon and we'll put you to work! Bring some drinking water, gloves, and any pruning loppers if you have them. If you're willing to help out clearing the fences I'd recommend jeans and a long-sleeve shirt (there are thorns). We'll have plenty of thorn-free activities as well.

Hope to see you there!


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