Saying Thank You to Our 15,000 ACPS Volunteers
Our volunteers within Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) are celebrated in April during National Volunteer Month and Public School Volunteer Week, April 17-21. Our amazing volunteers provide added support to the school division, individual schools and — most importantly — our students.
Volunteers give of their time in many ways in the classroom and throughout the school division. Their support aligns with the themes of equity and empowerment outlined in the ACPS 2025: Equity for All Strategic Plan by providing the resources to inspire all students to thrive. Approximately 15,000 registered volunteers at ACPS assist with field trips, tutoring, mentoring, coaching and other areas critical to student success.
“I want to thank all of our community volunteers — those through our partners, community members or family members — who inspire civic engagement in students and encourage lifelong learners,” Executive Director of Community Partnerships and Engagement Kurt Huffman said. “I am a firm believer that in order to truly strive for the success of every student, it is essential that all the pieces of a learning ecosystem work together in alignment and harness their unique contributions to help our young people achieve at their highest level of potential. Volunteers are certainly one of those important components of success and have such an impact on our school division as many of our official ACPS community partners rely on the incredible contributions — time, skills, expertise — of volunteers throughout Alexandria.”
Volunteer support may include participating in activities through the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center, which help to enrich the educational experience and students’ academic achievement. Some of our ACPS volunteers work with our community partners, such as the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium, which trains volunteers to work with kindergarten and first grade students who need additional reading support. When students see volunteers in their schools, they see that members of the community value education and care about them. And when volunteers are valued, they share a vested interest in their local schools.
“We love our volunteers,” FACE Volunteer Specialist Angela Houghton emphasized. “As a part of our students' macro system, we definitely identify your time as a selfless action, as a source of strength for our students and staff, helping them succeed by any means necessary.”
Volunteer activities within ACPS vary from school to school. For some individuals, volunteering may include helping to plan or set up school events or to participate in Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) unit activities to benefit our schools and students. The school division is appreciative of our families, community members and partner organizations for getting involved and supporting our students throughout the year. We are grateful for your service.
Interested in getting involved? Learn more by visiting our volunteer webpage, where you can schedule a meeting with the ACPS volunteer specialist and complete the volunteer application.
- Family and Community Engagement Center
- Office of Community Partnerships and Engagement