Like every independent Catholic academy, Aquinas relies on the generous hearts of our parents, grandparents, and friends in order to fulfill our mission. Simply put, if it weren't for our volunteers, and especially our parents, Aquinas could not continue to provide the excellent formation for which we are known. Furthermore, their example of generous service enriches the educational experience of our students and teachers. We are immensely grateful for their help and proud to provide occasions form so many people to put their love of Almighty God into the action of serving others.
As an Aquinas parent, you might consider volunteering to be a room-parent for the year. You might help coordinate special events, coach forensics or a sport, direct a play, serve hot lunch, make phone calls, chaperone a field trip, participate on an advisory board, or offer some kind of professional expertise (marketing, finance, a trade, etc.).
Why get involved?
The benefits are many. First, you get to know other like-minded parents, you establish a deeper appreciation for our teachers, you more fully participate in the lives of your children, you get a pulse of the school’s needs and may find other opportunities to assist in fulfilling the mission (or perhaps you can identify someone who can?). Second, volunteering is an expression of your love for Aquinas Academy and your child’s daily life. Your children benefit as well! Setting an example of loving service for your children provides them an example of love that may last a life-time. Most importantly, we are assured that serving others out of love for God has eternal supernatural value as well.
If you are unsure how to start:
- Join an existing effort and learn from one of our many experienced volunteers
- Let the school know of your volunteer interest and they can identify areas of need
- Volunteer in an area of your expertise and comfort level
- Attend parent meetings throughout the year when the many volunteer needs are identified
As your children grow, your volunteering interests and your relationship with the school will grow, too. For instance, teachers in our pre-K program have different classroom needs than those of our middle school staff. Also, some volunteer needs can be fulfilled outside of normal business hours. This may be particularly advantageous for dual-career families with no time to contribute during the day. In any case, contact the academy and let them know about your willingness to get involved.