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Get Involved

The Sustainability Academy welcomes the involvement of parents and community members.  The following list includes a number of ways to become involved with the school. 

Volunteer in Classrooms

Speak to a classroom teacher about ways to help out in a classroom at the Sustainability Academy. 
Help is also often needed in other spaces in the school!

Community Work Days and Community Dinners

Members of the Sustainability Academy, Old North End, and Burlington communities come together several times a year for work days that help improve the school grounds.  Work days are fun ways to get to know other people while helping the school innovate and improve.  Community dinners, also advertised several times per year, offer a friendly, welcoming atmosphere in which one can eat a delicious meal while getting to know other people in our community and beyond. 

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The PTO is an organization of parents and teachers, with membership open to all families and staff of the Sustainability Academy.  The mission of the SA PTO is to ensure all students have an equal opportunity for learning and engaging in an education for sustainability by: Creating and building a collaborative and welcoming community; Communicating openly and respectfully about issues that impact students, families, staff and the school; Organizing fundraisers and activities to support sustainability and arts related learning, field trips and community building.  Click above above to visit the PTO webpage.


The SA Family-School Partnership is an active committee that is focused on connecting families with the Sustainability Academy in order to build stronger partnerships that support the success of every student.  Involvement is open to any school community member who would like to help with planning, events and activities.  Click above to visit the FSP webpage.


The Stewardship Committee is an advisory board who strive to be stewards of the mission of the Sustainability Academy, to support innovation and leadership in Education for Sustainability, to grow and maintain our autonomy as a school, and to act as a clearinghouse for proposals from the community.  The Stewardship Committee is a group of staff members, parents, community members, administrators, and members of the Sustainable Schools Project, who each serve two year terms.

Everybody Wins Mentor Reading Program

Through the Everybody Wins Power Lunch programs, adult volunteers are paired with students at local elementary schools to promote reading for pleasure, to build the children’s self-confidence and enhance their self-esteem, and to serve as caring role models. The pairs meet weekly to share books and develop lasting relationships. ( 

Reading to End Racism - Reading for Respect Hybrid Program

Details about the SA's new pilot program - Reading for Respect coming soon! To learn more about ways to help with the SA Reading for Respect programming, contact Beth Lane at

Foster Grandparent Program

Three signature programs connect volunteers age 55+ with children in school and child care settings:
Foster Grandparent Volunteers share their warmth and encouragement with children by helping teachers in a classroom setting 15 or more hours per week. FGP serves children in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Washington Counties. Volunteers receive a tax-free stipend that does not affect other benefits.

RSVP School Buddies help school-age children who teachers have identified as not meeting current academic standards in reading, math, spelling or other academic areas.  To get involved, call 860-1677 or email