Ask yourself these questions about Volunteering …
Are you the parent that offers to help?
- Do you give your email address to your child’s teacher?
- Do you schedule and attend parent conferences?
- Do you volunteer in the classroom or at the school after hours?
- Do you show up to events after school hours?
- Do you make an effort to connect with parents in your child’s classroom or in your neighborhood?
Where are the other Parents?
- While eating lunch once a week with my daughter at her table with her classmates, in the very loud and kind of chaotic cafeteria full of 12 classes, I pondered why I don’t take her outside where it’s quiet, and Are other parents worried about this too? Where are they?
- I stood on a ladder on stage decorating for a school event with only one other mom from school, we both realized we were the only parents there out of 7 grade level classes with 18 students in each. We both had questioned where is everyone else? Honestly a 2 hour job could have been a 20 minute job if a bunch of parents jumped into help.
- Earlier this year it was late at night I was cutting out fabric and putting together the costumes for my daughter’s play at school I did pause to think why did I offer to do this? I’ll admit I did question why weren’t there other parents who were concerned how it was getting done for all the kids.
- Hurrying to put my little one down for a nap so that I could make it to school to help my daughters homeroom class in the computer lab log-in with their passwords for the first time. And then off to my daughter’s gifted class which is overcrowded, I wondered is it really worth my time? Do I make any difference being there?
- As I was baking & decorating several batches of cupcakes for a PTA membership drive I couldn’t help but think why doesn’t every parent want to join PTA? Why does it need to be an effort to get parents to join a the largest child advocacy group in the world?
Why You Should be Volunteering at School
Getting Involved Equals Success
How Do You Get Involved in Volunteering at School?
We need to show our children we value what they are doing and that we are proud of their effort and achievements! We need to show them we are there for them no matter what. So the next time something comes up at school, offer to help. Yes it does take time but if we all are offering to help it won’t be such an overwhelming task for just one person. Don’t assume that someone else will volunteer. I’ve been a young, single working mom who drove an hour to work each day and I still was able to find a few windows of opportunity to volunteer at my child’s school. I’ve also been a stay at home mom with a baby at home too and found a role to fill at home. There is no excuse for you not to get involved somehow in your child’s life at school. It requires more time and effort to plan it out but I promise the payoff means great success for your child.
There are always a few small tasks that can be done that suit your skill set and interest. I promise! Are you ready to Volunteer this school year?