Friends of the Village School

Friends of the Village School welcomes family, friends, teachers, staff, and community members—anyone who loves our school—for the purpose of community-building and engagement. FVS strives to promote the spirit of friendship and volunteerism within our school community. FVS also organizes fundraisers in direct support of classroom activities, opportunities, and experiences that are not otherwise provided for in the school budget. We encourage all who are interested in volunteering and helping FVS to contact

A Sampling of Past Activities and Fundraisers:

Online Fundraising Auction: The Village School’s first-ever online auction in the spring of 2022 was a successful fundraiser thanks to the generosity of more than 80 local businesses and community members who donated a ton of terrific offers both big and small—from fun experiences with Village School faculty and staff members to summer camp experiences and gifts and certificates for restaurants, arts and crafts, music, kids’ birthday parties, and much more!

Holiday Catalog Fundraiser: This incredible catalog is filled with gift certificates for local restaurants and services along with a variety of products. For nearly two decades, the Holiday Catalogue has successfully raised enough funding to support various in-school residencies, Enrichment After-School Programs, and direct classroom support for field trips and activities.

Track and Treat Halloween Fun Run: This event features a 5K run/walk; a Family Fun Run PLUS a special obstacle/adventure course for the younger children throughout the morning!  Runners are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, and prizes are given in several categories.

kids buying gifts

The Holiday Bazaar gives Village School students a chance to do some holiday gift shopping, while also raising money for charity. Proceeds are divided between the local Food and Fuel Fund and The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center.  Items sold at the Bazaar are “gently used” or new items donated by families, teachers, and friends.

Mother and son having fun

Winter Carnival: This indoor carnival features fun games of skill and chance plus some great STEM challenges and activities for kids of all ages. Activities are held in classrooms throughout the school, as well as in the library and gymnasium. All proceeds go directly to support classroom activities for the benefit of students.

child with lego project

Lego Contest: This annual competition gives our student Lego enthusiasts the opportunity to put their imagination and building skills to work creating an original Lego design. Entries are judged in a number of different categories based on age and theme. Winners are awarded prizes, and all the entries are exhibited at a fun reception.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon:  Members of the school community join together to provide a festive end-of-year luncheon for our faculty and staff.