Volunteering at Lab
There are many ways to give your time, energy, and creativity to the Schools, ranging from a few hours each year to significant, longer-term commitments.
As with philanthropic giving, we ask that every family make a donation of time each year. We need your support and welcome your participation.
- ColLABorator Program (currently for parents and guardians only)
- Parent-driven events and activities
- Working with Alumni Relations and Development
- Room Parents
- Parents' Association and School Councils
- Working with Admissions
Lab families possess a wealth of skill and interests that can benefit our students. The colLABorator Program helps teachers and parents connect in ways outside of traditional volunteer roles. Parents are invited to complete a survey to indicate their occupation, area of study, hobbies, availability, and more, should they want to offer their time. The survey helps shape a database so that faculty can more easily identify volunteers or student internship opportunities, and discover parent/guardian expertise.
In addition to helping in the classroom or chaperoning a field trip, here are some activities that rely on parent involvement: Rites of May, LabArts, textbook buyback, picture days, U-High’s Arts Fest and May Project, Giant Gym Nights, Bookswap, graduations, and teacher appreciation events.
Dedicated volunteers play a critical role in the success of Lab's fundraising. Parents can make a difference in several ways:
Parents Fund volunteers work to encourage ongoing philanthropic support from their peers
Connections gala and Dewey Dance volunteers help create memorable, fun evening while raising funds for financial aid and other special projects
The Senior Class Scholarship committee raises funds to establish a scholarship in honor of their graduates
Every Lab parent is automatically a member of the Parents' Association (PA), which promotes educational excellence by facilitating communication and cooperation among parents, administration, faculty, students, and the Lab Board, and by helping to implement school activities. All are invited to attend PA meetings, which provide opportunities to connect with Lab administrators or hear from an array of outside speakers.
Parents are encouraged to run for a position on the PA's governing board or on one four School Councils, which coordinate division-specific activities. To learn more visit labparents.org
Chances are you've seen first hand that parents are outstanding ambassadors for Lab. The Admissions Office relies on parents to lead tours for prospective families, assist in recruiting by sharing their enthusiasm for the Schools, and help new families feel welcomed into, and become acclimated to, life at Lab.