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Volunteer at Highland

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 help fulfill a broad range of volunteer opportunities as we act as room parents, help out at Admission open houses and athletic events, chaperone school dances, help with service projects, plan special “thank-you's" for our faculty and staff, and do so much more.

We make volunteering at Highland easy

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 or serving as a parent buddy reader 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

Our numerous volunteer opportunities appear in alphabetical order.  To learn more about or to volunteer for any of these programs or events, please contact your Parent Association Class Representative. Please click on any of the expanding boxes below to read more details 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.

Check Out Some of Our Volunteer Opportunities

To learn more about some of the volunteer opportunities available throughout the year on the Highland School campus, please click on any of the expanding boxes below:

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  • Admission Assistant

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

  • 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.
  • Andrew Winfree '99 Memorial Sporting Clays event

    Help plan this annual event or be one of the volunteers on the day of the tournament. The tournament is held each year in early fall.
  • 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.
  • Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser

    Volunteers are needed during the last week of April and the second week of May to help process orders and distribute the plants in time for Mother’s Day.
  • 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 Michael A. Hughes Center for the Arts.

  • Classroom Parent

    Help the teacher of your child’s Lower School classroom by volunteering to be a Classroom Parent for the year. Responsibilities vary by teacher and by grade but include things like organizing parties, decorating lockers and class doors for holidays and generally being available to help the teacher with requests as needed.
  • Exam Bagels

    Help serve bagels and juice that we provide 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.
  • Faculty Appreciation Luncheon

    Help celebrate our wonderful faculty and staff. Help is needed with coordination, cooking, serving, and clean up. Held each year in mid-May.
  • Father/Daughter Dance

    Help coordinate and/or support this fun-filled evening for fathers and daughters. Held each year in mid-March. 
  • Friends of the Michael A. Hughes Center for the Arts

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

  • Grandparents Day

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

  • Highland Auction

    Bring your special talents and get involved with the school’s largest 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. The Highland Auction happens each year in April and is a very popular event with the Highland community.
  • Highland Classic Golf Tournament

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

  • 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.
  • Holiday Book Donation Program

    Each year, Highland students donate books 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 books to give each child.

  • International Week

    Help with International Week activities and festivities. Held annually in late January. 
  • 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.
  • Mother/Son Picnic

    Help us coordinate the Mother/Son picnic dinner and games. This event is held in October each year.
  • Office Assistance

    Help with light clerical duties including mailings, phone calls & data entry.
  • 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.
  • Other Volunteer Opportunities

    To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Highland School or have an idea for a new volunteer opportunity, please contact your Parents Association representative or email our Parent Association president at papresident@highlandschool.org.
  • Parent Buddy Readers

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

    Throughout the academic year, we host parent outreach coffees. We're always looking for volunteers to work with each school division, and you can provide support by ordering, picking up and serving coffee and food items.
  • Parents Association Class Representatives

    Serve as the liaison between the school and parents for your child’s class. Responsibilities include attending a monthly meeting of the Parent Association and meeting monthly with the appropriate Division Director, communicating monthly with families, organizing the class auction gift and class social and generally being the point person for questions from your class families.
  • Robotics Mentor

    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.

  • 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.
  • School Picture Day

    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.
  • Uniform Exchange Closet

    Help organize the donated clothing items in the Lower School and Middle School Uniform Exchange Closets. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity that can vary from a few hours a month to several times a year and can happen any time you have a few free minutes at school. The closets are always open.
  • Upper School Textbook Swap

    Help collect donated textbooks from students in May or help organize and distribute textbooks to students in the summer months. Time commitment is flexible and can be as little as an hour or two.
  • 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)

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Highland School is a co-ed independent Pre-K2 to Grade 12 day school located in Warrenton, Virginia.