Get Involved: Parents and Families
Benefits of Getting Involved
A great way to show your child that you are interested in their education is by volunteering at their school. Becoming a school volunteer can give you a better understanding of the work the teachers, administrators, and daily school activities.
Volunteers are needed at every level: elementary, middle school and high school.
How To Get Started
Talk to your child's teachers or the secretary about volunteer involvement. You can find additional information about your school’s parent organization on the school’s webpage.
There are many ways for parents and families to get involved at the school level.
Ideas of ways to be involved…
- Act as a clasroom helper
- PTA/PTO and booster member
- Chaperone field trips
- Mentor students
- Help organize, cater, or work at fundraising activities such as bake sales or car washes
- Help to plan and chaperone in-school events (dances, proms, or graduation ceremonies)
- Organize or assist with a specific club or interest group (if you have an interest in an activity that isn't currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a chess club or cycling team)
- Help the school administrators prepare grant proposals, letter-writing campaigns, or press releases, or help with other administrative needs
- Attend school board meetings
- Work as a library assistant or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library
- Sew costumes or build sets for theatrical and musical productions
- Help out with visual arts, crafts, and design courses and projects
- Hold a workshop for students in trade or technical programs
- Spend some time with a specific club or interest group (ask the teacher who sponsors the group)
- Volunteer to speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you'd like to share
- Supervise or judge experiments at a science fair
Volunteering benefits your kids, the classroom, the school, and the community by giving students positive interaction, support, and encouragement.