Volunteer at Highland

For more than fifty years, the Highland Parent Association (PA) has invited our parents to help our student body throughout the academic year. We work to enhance parent-to-parent and school-to parent communication and foster school spirit. We act as room parents, help out at Admission open houses and athletic events, chaperone school dances, help with service projects and plan special “thank-you's" for our faculty and staff.

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There are many ways to get involved at Highland School. Time commitments can range from a few hours a year as a volunteer at some of our special events and programs to daily or weekly for those volunteers who are serving school lunches, working in the Hawks Nest, or serving as a parent buddy readers in our classrooms.

Do you have professional skills you'd like to share with our students? Consider becoming involved with our robotics teams as a "build" or "business" team mentor, being a library advocate, or helping with the coordination of our annual Highland Auction.

Learn more about the many ways you can volunteer 
To volunteer for any of these programs or events, please complete the form included on this page or contact your Parent Association representative. Please click on any of the expanding boxes below to learn more about the wide range of volunteer opportunities available at Highland School. Our students and faculty thank you in advance for contributing your time to our special tradition of volunteer efforts.

School lunch program

We need volunteers to deliver lunches to our Pre-K to Grade 4 classrooms in our Lower School and serve lunches to Middle and Upper School students. Time commitment is approximately 11:30 am to 1pm Monday through Friday throughout the school year.

Help students and parents in the Hawk’s Nest

Highland's school store, the Hawk's Nest, is now online. To check out all the great items available for order, click here.

Parent buddy readers

Help our Kindergarten to Grade 2 students become lifelong readers. This popular commitment is approximately 30-45 minutes per week.

Robotics mentors

Highland's Robotics teams help students in all of our divisions discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We are always looking for interested “build” and "business" team mentors as well as volunteers to help with fundraising and managing build sessions.

Blue/Gold Club

Our Blue/Gold club members help with fundraising, run our concession stands at athletic events, and volunteer during Upper School sports events. Blue/Gold Club meetings are held once a month in the lobby of The Rice Theater in the Highland Center for the Arts.

Admissions assistance

You can help with light office duties, including projects that may be completed at home. Assist at Open Houses and other Admission events.

Annual Fund

Volunteer to be a class captain on the Annual Fund Cabinet or help with administrative tasks. The Annual Fund is traditionally the cornerstone of giving for Highland School.

Highland Auction

Volunteer to help with the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. There are big and small ways to help on a variety of committees including acquisitions, raffle, decorations, database, special projects, back room, class gifts and promotions. Bring your special talents and get involved. The Highland Auction happens each year in April and is a very popular event with the Highland community.

Parent coffees

Throughout the academic year, we host parent outreach coffees. We're always looking for volunteers to work with each school division via Grade Reps, provide support (coffee ordering and pick up and food items as needed) for parent coffees.

Original student art projects

With the help of the art department, students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 submit artwork to be turned into journals, sweatshirts, tote bags, pillow cases, mugs and other gift items. Volunteers are needed during the first and last weeks of October and early December to help process orders and distribute the finished products. Approximate commitment is one hour.

School picture day

You can help notify classes of picture times and help with student order forms. School picture day is held in mid-September each year from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

Friends of the Center for the Arts

Volunteer opportunities in the Highland Center for the Arts include ushering evening events and working our concessions stand. There are two major productions per year – a Fall play held each November and a Spring musical held in early March. 

Library advocates

Various volunteer opportunities are available that support our libraries including shelving books and helping with library fundraisers, such as the Fall and Spring Book Fairs.

Holiday book donation program

Each year, Highland students donate books each year to children in this important Fauquier County early childhood education program. The books are presented when the children visit Highland and watch a rehearsal of the Lower School Holiday Program in December. We need volunteers to help collect & wrap the books to give each child.

Exam bagels

Help serve bagels and juice that are provided for free to Middle and Upper School students during the mornings of exam days at the end of each semester. Time commitment is approximately one to two hours per morning during exam week. Exams are held two times per year in mid-December and late May.

International Week

You can help with International Week activities and festivities. Held annually in late January.  




Office assistance

Help with light clerical duties including mailings, phone calls & data entry.

All school picnic during Homecoming Week

Volunteer as needed to set up, work the buffet table, and clean up. Held in conjunction with Homecoming in October.

Mother/Son Event

Help us coordinate the Mother/Son picnic dinner and games at Marriot Ranch in October.

Father/Daughter Dance

Help coordinate this fun-filled evening for fathers and daughters. Held each year in mid-March.  

Grandparents Day

Greet grandparents, special friends and other family members for this annual spring event. This event is held each year in late April.

Faculty Appreciation Luncheon

Help celebrate our wonderful faculty and staff. Help is needed cooking, serving and clean up. Held each year in mid-May.

Golf Tournament

Help plan this annual spring event or be one of the volunteers on the day of the tournament. The tournament is held each year in early October.

Gift Cards

Help as needed with orders and fulfillment of our annual gift card fundraiser program. Head over to shop.shopwithscrip.com and register with enrollment code LBF5E76335391. Email questions to giftcards@highlandschool.org.

Highland for the Holidays

Help organize this fun holiday event hosted in the Upper School gym. There are also opportunities to participate as a merchant. Traditionally held in late November each year.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for other ways to get involved at Highland School? Here's a quick list of other volunteer opportunities:

  • Parent Association class representative 
  • Classroom parents
  • Uniform exchange closet
  • Garden club
  • Upper School textbook swap
  • Amazon Smile
  • Annual plant sale fundraiser
  • Andrew Winfree '99 Memorial Sporting Clays event (held each fall)
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Highland School, please contact your Parents Association representative or email our Parent Association president at papresident@highlandschool.org.
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