Parents at Brixham play an important role in life at school. They volunteer on committees, help in the classroom, bring laundry home, present special interests or hobbies, help maintain the playground and gardens, and offer much needed services, such as tech support or expertise in an area of need. Volunteering is not only enthusiastically welcomed, it is critically needed! Parents also participate in school-wide fundraising goals by making financial contributions to the Annual Fund, donating goods and services to the Annual Benefit Auction, and supporting our school with good will, positive communication, and establishing a culture of trust and generosity. Parents, teachers, and administrators work hard to develop a strong school-home partnerships that benefit every member of the community and ensures our success. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) approved organization, Brixham depends on its parents to:
Volunteer to support the life of the school
Provide financial support beyond tuition
Volunteers help Brixham thrive. There are many ways and different levels to contribute. Here are some of the ways you can be involved:
Annual Fund - This is a yearly appeal for a tax-deductible financial contribution with the emphasis on whole school participation. The appeal usually begins in the late fall and carries through the school year, ending on June 30th. Contributions to the Annual Fund support the operations of the school and helps keep our tuition affordable, ensuring diversity in our student population as well as signifying community support for the school to the public. This is especially important to prospective donors, such as charitable foundations. The goal of the Annual Fund is always 100% participation for both families and staff. Your gift, regardless of size, demonstrates your commitment and dedication to Brixham and is an integral part of the school’s operating budget.
Annual Auction Gala - Held in the May, this event provides funds for our tuition assistance program and supports our arts program. We ask all members of the Brixham community to participate in the auction either as a volunteer on the Gala committee, a donor or sponsor, or by attending the live event. At the Gala there is also an opportunity to additionally donate to a Fund-A-Need which changes year to year depending on the need as identified by the Board of Directors and Head of School.
Classroom Family Potluck Dinners – Kick off the school year by catching up with old friends from your child’s classroom and meeting new ones. Talk to your child’s teacher about hosting this fun community building event or to help another parent organize a dinner.
Holiday Wreath and Poinsettia Fundraiser – Spend a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday morning in late November or early December decorating holiday wreaths. Brixham families forage for all things natural and beautiful like berries, dried flowers, pine cones, and feathers to name a few. Help the school with the sales by making your own holiday purchase and also sharing the fundraiser with family, friends and neighbors.
Join a School Committee – Do you have a talent that you can share with Brixham? Or free time to lend a hand?
Building and Grounds Committee:
Fall and Spring grounds clean up days
General maintenance and repairs as needed
Auction Gala Committee
Take photos at school and BMFS community events
Distribute flyers to local coffee shops
Follow our Facebook page and share our posts, flyers and events.
Brixham Concerts, Recitals and Productions – Help decorate, set up and clean up at one of Brixham’s many concerts, recitals, productions or graduation ceremony. Donate drinks or sweet treats for refreshments.
Teacher Appreciation – Work with other parents and your children in preparing a week or day of appreciation for teachers. This is typically a Springtime event. Helping to organize appreciation cards, flower bouquets, preparing breakfast or lunch and sweet treats are all possible opportunities.
Weekly Classroom Duties – Each classroom has its own list of helpful tasks like the weekly laundry. Check with your child’s classroom teacher for ways parents can volunteer and help out.