As you enroll a family member as a student at any Friendship School, you become a valued member of the Friendship community. In an effort to promote a community spirit which fosters open communication and collaboration between families, and the school, we have introduced the Friendship Volunteers program.
Every single parent or guardian of a Friendship student is automatically considered a member of the program, and involvement in the volunteer opportunities offered is encouraged and highly valued. We solicit and welcome your time, talent and resources, even if all you have to spare is an hour each semester. Your participation is an effective way to make new friends and establish new connections based on shared interests.
Please take a minute to review the list below, and let us know which areas you are available to give your time.
✔ Read to children.
✔ Listen to children read.
✔ Go over word lists with children.
✔ Practice skills with flashcards.
✔ Walk around classroom as children work.
✔ Work on particular skills (e.g., counting money, math) with student or small group of students.
✔ Tell or read stories related to lessons.
✔ Help students who need remedial work.
✔ Help students catch up on missed work.
✔ Provide editing help with writing assignments.
✔ Play board games with small groups of children.
✔ Chaperone field trips.
✔ Give presentations to class (e.g., safety lessons from police officer, dental care lessons from dentist).
✔ Help fill out book orders (can also be less interactive depending on system).
✔ Assist in planning parties or other special classroom days.
✔ Escort students to the restroom.
✔ Assist in the lunchroom, on the playground, or at dismissal.
✔ Help with clerical needs in the office.
✔ Volunteer as a language translator.
✔ Serve as a resource for parents of incoming students.
✔ Staff a school welcome desk.
✔ Assist with monitoring attendance.
✔ Monitor hallways
✔ Field Trip chaperones
✔ Make copies of assignments, handouts, worksheets, etc.
✔ Sort and file workbook and other pages.
✔ Set up art, science, and other projects.
✔ Make booklets or journals on binding machine.
✔ Fold and staple booklets.
✔ Cover books.
✔ Make playdough (can also be done at home).
✔ Design or simply put up/take down bulletin boards.
✔ Hang artwork in the hallway.
✔ Laminate and cut out laminations.
✔ Sort and stock construction paper.
✔ Sort and stock writing paper.
✔ Stock paper at easel.
✔ Sharpen pencils.
✔ Cap markers and make sure none are dry.
✔ Throw out old crayons and replace.
✔ Clean tables, desks, and work surfaces.
✔ Clean and fill glue bottles.
✔ Clean paintbrushes and make sure paint is stocked.
✔ Organize stamps and throw away any dry stamp pads.
✔ Assemble homework packets.
✔ Conduct research for upcoming lessons.
✔ Water plants.
✔ Stuff and address envelopes for class mailings.
✔ Make sure studentsâ€™ folders/school backpacks have everything necessary.
Each school year the Friendship School community organizes a number of events aimed at raising funds for the schools or simply promoting a cohesive school community. We welcome your support in any or all of these seasonal events!
Dadsâ€™ Day - September - A morning of opportunities for students grades 1 thru 8 to spend time with their dads. Games and sports are set up in the school lobby and in the fields. Volunteer moms serve breakfast.
Paint the Campus Pink - October - Parent volunteers join in school wide event honoring loved ones lost to cancer as well as survivors; pink ribbons are hung around campus; pink flowers are planted and signs are painted and posted.
Fall Treat â€“ Coordinated by the class room reps, volunteers bring in snack and beverage for their classes.
Fall Festival - October â€“ An afternoon of fun when a collection of old-fashioned carnival games take over the campus fields! The games and booths are created by each class. Volunteers from the classes attend the booths for the students to enjoy (1/2-hour shifts).
Shakespeare Festival - November - Middle School only - Volunteers help transform the Dining Room for a medieval feast, decorating the tables and walls, and serving a fun meal to the â€śladies and gentlemen of the courtâ€ť.
Patriot Run - December - Families participate in a school wide fundraising run; volunteers are enlisted to help with preparations as well as Event Day support:
✔ Distributing flyers and registration forms, t-shirts, goodie bags
✔ Set up and tear down
✔ Registration and check-in o Help with child care o Race course marshals
Winter Treat â€“ At the discretion of each teacher and coordinated by class room reps, volunteers may bring in a winter treat for the class
International Night - An evening of celebration of our cultural diversity, volunteers help plan and set up exhibits of the nationalities shared by the parent community. Subcommittees coordinate the planning in three aspects:
✔ Organization of booths that will display items for each nationality
✔ Foods shared by everyone from respective countries
✔ Cultural performances - music and dance
Valentine Treat - February â€“ Coordinated by class room reps, volunteers bring in snack and beverage for each class.
Father Daughter Dance - Volunteers help plan, set up and decorate for a special evening dedicated to fathers and daughters.
Auction â€“ fundraising event, parents enjoy a fun evening of company in a themed setting with chances to bid on interesting items.
✔ Volunteers from each class create two (2) items for auction: a class craft project and
a themed auction basket. Planning for these projects starts in the early months of the school year.
✔ Volunteers may join the Auction Committee to help plan and prepare for the event.
Grandparentâ€™s Day - March â€“ An occasion for grades 1 thru 8, staff hosts a morning celebrating our studentsâ€™ grandparents. A Volunteer committee plans the event, while other volunteers, on the day of the event, welcome guests, help decorate the lunch area, provide breakfast, take souvenir pictures, and offer memorable moments for grandparents to enjoy.
Funtastic Friday â€“ Volunteers help P.E. coaches with outdoor fun and games before a noon dismissal.
Mother-Son Bowling - Volunteers help plan and organize prizes for a special afternoon for mothers and sons.
Family Fun Basketball Game & BBQ - Along with the student-faculty basketball game, the evening includes grade-specific games for all students to play. Parent volunteers help with supervising the games, serving food, helping with clean-up, etc.
Staff Appreciation Day - May â€“ To say â€śThank Youâ€ť to the FAA staff, our volunteers cover the front desk while the staff enjoys a catered lunch. The lunch area is decorated.Read
Spring Fling â€“ Volunteers help the art teachers prepare artwork for display and set up exhibits around the lunch area and lobby.
8th Grade Celebration - 7th grade volunteers plan and prepare a cake and beverage reception for an evening celebrating the achievements of the 8th grade class.
Uniform Exchange â€“ May - Parent volunteers join together at the end of the school year to help sell used uniforms for FAA families as well as for donations. Volunteers help with collecting and arranging clothes, assisting families, and receiving payments. Time involved is based on the volunteerâ€™s availability