School is starting! There is a lot to do at the beginning of the school year and every school needs their parents’ support and involvement. But many parents are not sure what exactly they can do to help – especially if they work full-time and don’t have a lot of extra time to give.
With our Parent Service Organization we are spreading the message that each parent is an important piece to the puzzle. It does not matter if you have 10 minutes, 10 hours or 10 dollars.
Here are 10 ways we are highlighting parent involvement. 10 opportunities to serve:
Cut out letters @ home – Teachers often have work that needs to be done to prepare for classwork and student projects. These are tasks that take up a lot of time but are easy to do. In the past I have cut out letters, stuck labels on bookmarks, and put names on folders and workbooks.
Pull out or make copies of worksheets – Sometimes a teacher has to come to work extra early or stay late to find time to use the copier. If you have a couple of minutes you can come to the classroom and make copies it will provide your teacher the opportunity to spend more time grading papers and teaching.
Count Class Box Tops – Many schools participate in this super easy fundraiser. The school receives 10 cents for each Box Top. But the Box Tops have to be counted and packaged correctly for submission. This is a great group project or something you can do on your lunch break.
Read to the Class – Help save the teacher’s voice and be a guest in the classroom by volunteering some time to read to the class. Students love having a new face and this will give the teacher a little extra prep time.
Put up a Class Bulletin Board – This is another easy task that helps out the teacher. Decorate it for the Holidays or show off some student work. Some parents even get a little competitive but there are lots of ideas floating around Pinterest and the internet.
Donate Supplies for a PTO/PTA Event – We have lots of events during the school year that snacks and supplies are needed. If you don’t have time to volunteer during school hours you can still help big time for just a few dollars.
Collect items for Teacher Appreciation Week – We love our teachers and dedicate one week to showering them with gifts and attention. Help collect items that can be used to make quirky and creative gifts that show every teacher we care.
Promote School Events – Even if you can’t volunteer you can share! Most school events are publicized the most by word of mouth. Share with other parents and remember – pictures are worth a thousand words.
Set-up Scholastic Book Fair – We have three Book Fair events at our school and setting it up can be time consuming. Check to see how you can volunteer to set-up, clean-up, and work the event. Students always need help picking out the right book and love when volunteers can assist.
Serve as a Class or Grade Representative – Feel like you are in the know? Or do you like knowing all the families in your child’s grade. By being a Class or Grade Rep you can connect families with what is happening in the classroom and the needs that parents can assist with.
These are just a couple of ways that you can be involved with your Parent Organization at your child’s school. These organizations are also responsible for planning many events and fundraisers. Be sure to Download our Event Planning Worksheet for tips to plan your school’s next event!