Volunteer & Community Involvement


Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month

Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month

April is Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month! From donating time to assist with classroom and school activities to mentoring students, volunteers play a significant role in supporting student success. Therefore, it is important that we celebrate volunteers who serve tirelessly to improve the lives of Florida’s students.

During the 2015-2016 school year, more than 400,000 volunteers reported almost 15 million volunteer hours in Florida schools. We are grateful for the incredible volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida. 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, 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. The following are the district Volunteer Program Contacts who manage the volunteer program and the award process for each school district:

5 Star School Awards

This award is presented annually to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.

Golden and Silver School Awards

Recognizes both public elementary and secondary schools with exemplary volunteer programs.

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.

The Family and Community Involvement Award

Recognizes projects that successfully engage parents in meaningful school-based programs.

Awards Information and Applications

We are proud to recognize excellence in education with the following Awards

Quick Links

Hope Williams, Director
Phone: 850-245-0842
Hope.Williams@fldoe.org