Volunteer & Community Involvement


Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month

Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month

April is Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month!  We are grateful to our volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida.  During the 2016-2017 school year, over 500,000 volunteers reported almost 16 million volunteer hours in Florida schools. When schools and volunteers work together to support learning, everyone benefits.

School districts are constantly seeking volunteers and mentors to supplement classroom learning and to assist with school-related activities. To learn about opportunities, please contact the District Volunteer and Community Involvement Coordinators in your area.

To highlight the great work Florida volunteers contribute to helping all students succeed, we encourage you to share photos of your school volunteers in service. Photos can be shared through Twitter using the hashtag #flschoolsvolunteer. 

To help you celebrate school volunteers, we have created a list of recognition ideas that can be accessed below:

Ways to Recognize Volunteers during Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month (PDF)

To highlight the great work that Florida volunteers contribute to helping all students succeed, we encourage you to share photos of your school volunteers in service. Photos can be shared through Twitter using the hashtag #flschoolsvolunteer. 

Awards & Recognition Programs

Volunteer and Community Involvement programs develop community resources in response to the differing needs of classrooms. By accessing the many diverse resources found in communities, these programs enrich and enhance school curriculum. A wide array of community partners enables these programs to maximize their impact. Volunteers may tutor, mentor, assist in the classroom, help with fundraising and participate in developing school plans, as well as many other opportunities. Recognition awards promote community involvement as well as highlight outstanding volunteer practices and showcase exemplary projects which are then shared statewide.

Five Star School Award

This award is presented annually to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. Please visit www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/volunteer-community-involvement/the-five-star-school-award.stml to obtain information, application form, and a list of 2016-2017 Five Star Schools.

The Golden and Silver School Awards

Recognizes both public elementary and secondary schools with exemplary volunteer programs. Please visit www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/volunteer-community-involvement/the-golden-silver-schools-awards.stml to obtain information and application form.

The Outstanding School Volunteer Awards

A student, an adult and a senior volunteer from each of the five regions in Florida is honored for outstanding dedication and commitment. Please visitwww.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/volunteer-community-involvement/the-outsting-school-volunteer.stml to obtain information, nomination form and a list of 2017-2018 Outstanding School Volunteer Winners.

The Family & Community Involvement Award

Recognizes projects that successfully engage parents in meaningful school-based programs. Please visit www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/volunteer-community-involvement/the-parent-involvement-award.stml to obtain information and nomination form.

Quick Links

Bonita Hampton, Director
Phone: 850-245-0842
Email: Bonita.Hampton@fldoe.org