St. Mary’s Academy is committed to providing our students with every opportunity to learn, grow, realize their potential, and become powerful agents of change. We depend on our community – current SMA families as well as alumnae – to help us fulfill that mission.
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless”.
– SHERRY ANDERSON
Descriptions of our volunteer opportunities can be found below. Click the teal button to sign up for your area of interest.
Tuesday Treats (appreciation snacks for teachers in each division throughout the year)
High School Snack Attack (surprise snacks for HS students throughout the year)
Conference meals (meals for faculty, twice per year)
Thanksgiving Pies (collect and wrap pies for every SMA faculty/staff member to enjoy over the Thanksgiving break)
The Island (plan the middle school social event in the spring, includes volleyball, DJ, dancing, photo booth, dinner and snacks)
Ambassador Program (make phone calls to new families to welcome them and answering any questions, attend the new family happy hour in April, help to organize play dates or social gatherings during the summer)
Teacher Appreciation Lunch (appreciation lunch for all faculty/staff in spring)
Admissions Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities exist to help with Lower and Middle School Preview Days, Pre-K and Kindergarten group visits, and High School Open House. Also, parent volunteers are needed to make phone calls to prospective/applicant/new families and plan welcoming activities for newly enrolled families.
Advancement Office Volunteer Corps
The Advancement Office Volunteer Corps work on an as needed basis, including help with large mailings, make phone calls for Annual Fund, make thank you phone calls to donors and misc. projects/events.
Career Mentor/Host Intern/Guest Speaker
Parents are encouraged to engage with the high school via their area(s) of professional expertise, whether that be serving as a guest speaker, career mentor or hosting a high school student intern in their place of work. These volunteer opportunities are open to parents from all divisions, and not limited to parents of high school students.
Fall Festival: This is an Academy Parents sponsored event scheduled on the first Sunday in October. All families, including siblings not at SMA, are invited. The festival is filled with carnival games, bouncy houses, pumpkin decorating, prizes, a cakewalk and food held on the SMA campus. Volunteer opportunities exist for: setup, event day ticket sales, game/activity monitoring, crafts and cleanup.
Golf Tournament: This fundraising event will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Valley Country Club. The funds raised at the Hopper Family Wildcat Classic benefit both tuition assistance and athletics. Volunteer opportunities exist for goody bag stuffing prior to the event, registration help the day of the event and course volunteers to oversee the prize holes.
Grandparents’ Day: On the Friday before Thanksgiving, all grandparents are invited to enjoy breakfast together along with performances by SMA students. They will then accompany their grandchild to his or her classes for the morning. Volunteer opportunities exist for invitation mailing, set up help the day before the event and serving help during the pancake breakfast the morning of the event.
Mark your calendar for Friday, April 29, 2022 for the SMA Gala, to be held at the Hilton Denver Inverness. The Gala is an adult-only night of dinner and drinks and a fantastic fundraising auction. Gala proceeds benefit tuition assistance and program resources. Volunteer opportunities exist for: auction item procurement, sponsorship sales, class gift chairs, invitation mailing, carpool handouts and gift card drives, auction display and decor prep, day-of and night-of volunteers.
Lower School Misc. Volunteer Opportunities
There are opportunities in the Lower School to assist with field day activities, chaperoning field trips, health fair, lunch room, etc.
Middle School Misc. Volunteer Opportunities
There are opportunities in the Middle School to assist with the book fair (cashiers and general help), library help, lunch room, etc.
High School Misc. Volunteer Opportunities
There are opportunities in the High School to act as advisors/coaches for extracurricular activities, such as Mock Trial, Robotics, DECA, Speech and Debate, and as judges and panelists for student projects such as Presentations of Learnings.
We are grateful for the support of our community members and invite you to contact Academy Parents or the Advancement Office to learn how you can contribute your time and talents. For more information on how you can support SMA, please call 303.762.8300.