Volunteer Opportunities


Summit would not be the excellent school it is without  the commitment and support of our parents. Whether they’re volunteering in classrooms, serving on the BEST Board or the Board of Trustees, chaperoning field trips, helping to provide enrichment events, or giving of themselves in a variety of other ways, their active involvement in their children’s education has made Summit the private school of choice in the Southeast Valley.

There are countless ways you can help make Summit even better while fulfilling the volunteer commitment you made when signing our parent handbook. While many volunteer opportunities happen during the school day, there are a variety of ways you can donate your time and talents to the school outside of regular business hours, often without even having to leave your home.

Contact your parent partner, the BEST Volunteer Coordinator, or any BEST Board member for more information on volunteer opportunities that match your schedule and skills.

BEST Volunteer Opportunities

Back to School Night Committee ~ August 1, 2016

Volunteers plan, prep and organize Back to School Night.

2016-17 Chair: Sande Gove

Morning Coffees Committee ~ August 3, 2016 & January 4, 2017

Volunteers prep drink/food and mingle with members of the Summit community.

2016-17 Chair: Tamy Ritchie

Book Fair Committee ~ November 14-18, 2016; March 27-31, 2017

Volunteers are needed to assist with planning, decorating, publicizing, sales, accounting, set-up and tear down.

2016-17 Chair: Stephanie Weinshel

Trunk or Treat Committee ~ October 22, 2016

This is a fun filled, safe trick-or-treat event held on campus. Volunteers are needed to help plan, organize, and advertise this fall community event.

2016-17 Chair: Laura Bachrach

Middle School Dances Committee ~ October 28, 2016 and April 7, 2017

Volunteers assist with planning the dances, set-up, décor, food arrangement, and clean-up afterwards.

2015-16 Chair: Melody Johnson and Laura Bachrach

Global Awareness Day Committee ~ November 5, 2016

Volunteers organize, publicize, and work the event. Global Awareness Day is a new event this year that will include cultural celebrations with artists visiting Summit both during school and culminating performances in a festival for all of the Summit community.

2016-17 Chair: Dr. Christopher Dorsey

Movie in the Park Committee ~ March 25, 2017

Volunteers plan the event, coordinate the food, music and the movie equipment, and help with set-up and tear down. This will be an outdoor movie on the Summit playground for the entire Summit community.

2016-17 Chair: Lori Perkins

Week of the Young Child Committee ~ April 24 - 28, 2017

Volunteers assist with planning the events, set-up, décor, lead activities, and clean-up afterwards. This is a national week celebrating our youngest children – preschoolers.

2015-16 Co-Chairs: Audrey Cassar and Andrea Benkel

Preschool End of Year Celebration Committee ~ May 12, 2017

Volunteers assist with planning, decorating, food, donations, set-up and tear down.

2016-17 Chair: Audrey Cassar and Andrea Benkel

K-8 End of Year Celebration Committee ~ May 17, 2017

Volunteers assist with planning, decorating, food, donations, set-up and tear down.

2016-17 Chair: Heather Wolownik

Box Tops and Coke Rewards Committee - On Going

Volunteers assist with collecting, counting, submitting and reporting rewards.

2016-17 Chair: Laura Bachrach

Family Fun Nights Committee

Volunteers are needed to help publicize the events and help at select events.

2016-17 Chair: Sharitta Marshall

Knowledge Center Volunteer

Volunteers assist with organizing materials, handling book check-outs and other jobs. Allison Lee oversees the Knowledge Center.

To volunteer, contact Jaime Hartley, BEST Volunteer Coordinator

Parent Partners

Each class usually has 2 parent partners. Volunteers assist in planning class parties, helping the teacher with various tasks, such as copying or sorting papers, communicating BEST and other school messages to their class parents, and organizing class teacher gifts.

To volunteer, contact your child’s teacher or Jaime Hartley, BEST Volunteer Coordinator

Staff Appreciation Committee

Volunteers assist with decorating staff bulletin boards, event décor, food prep, set-up/clean-up, baking and gift wrapping for staff.

2016-17 Chair: Heather Wolownik

Visiting Authors & Experts Committee

Volunteers are needed to secure the authors and experts, publicize the events, and coordinate the visits.

2016-17 Chair: Stephanie Austin

Each year BEST sponsors presentations to our students and brings in incredible Visiting Artists and Experts.  Watching these inspiring, exciting, motivating and interesting presentations with the students is a joy.  The BEST presentations are magical.  You can see the students lean forward and listen, see their eyes sparkle and their smiles, hear the laughter and questions, or occasionally hear nothing at all when they are completely focused and listening to every word and idea that the presenter is sharing.   Many times the author, illustrator, musician or artist will tell a story from their childhood and talk about their personal journey and life lessons they learned about setting goals and persevering along the way.  Some share their creative process and demonstrate how a child can discover their own inner writing, musical or artistic talents.

The Summit teachers and staff thank BEST for bringing such a strong lineup of visitors to our school each year.