Become A School
If you are a concerned and involved parent, you will love serving on the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA provides parents and families with a powerful voice to advocate for the needs of their children. Mom of four Hannah West says, "I really enjoy serving on the PTA. We've done everything from raising money for new playground equipment and organizing school assemblies to planning family nights and community service events. Even though it is hard work, it feels good to know that we are truly making a difference in the lives of our children by improving the quality of their education."
The student-teacher ratio in many schools is very high. By helping in the classroom, you can give students the personalized one-on-one attention they need. Depending on grade level, you might be asked to read to students, listen to them read, help them do math drills, supervise special projects or organize games at recess.
If you're a computer whiz or possess other outstanding office skills, sign up to volunteer in the school office. You will stay busy making copies, answering phones, designing flyers, updating school calendars and more.
Chances are, your children will be taking some interesting field trips in the upcoming year. By signing up to be a school chaperone, not only will you be helping the school, but you also will be staying involved in your children's day-to-day lives. Win-win!
With national budget cuts, many schools are having trouble keeping up with even basic supplies for the classroom, much less major capital expenditures. Your help in securing corporate sponsorships, organizing fundraisers or participating in other fundraising opportunities can allow schools to add after-school programs, replace broken playground equipment, build new computer labs or respond to other pressing campus needs.
If you design websites, paint murals, teach salsa dancing or can offer some other special skill, don't hold back. Chances are, your offer will be snapped up before you can say cha-cha-cha!