There are many ways for parents to offer help and support to their children’s school.
How to begin:
- Let your child’s principal and teachers know that you are available to volunteer.
- Specify days, times, skills and talents.
- Visit your child’s classroom.
- Meet your child’s classroom teacher
- Meet your child’s specialist teachers (Art, Music, Gym, Special Ed., Science, Reading, ELL, etc.)
- Keep in touch with your child’s teachers.
Use the following suggestions to find the right match for your time and talents to be shared.
Be a team player:
- Be a role model for active participation in your child’s school.
- Uphold school discipline, confidentiality, and other policies as a volunteer.
- Work with teachers to develop a parent volunteer involvement plan.
- Join the PTO/Serve as an officer.
- Serve on the School Council.
- Join a decision making group.
- Organize parent groups to attend School Committee Meetings to advocate for your children and their school.
- Attend school meetings, functions, and events.
- Offer to drive a parent who needs transportation to school functions and events.
- Offer to translate for parents whose first language is not English.
- Voice your support or concerns on any issue that will affect your family.
- Participate in community/school cleanup projects.
Share your expertise before, during, and after school:
- Share information about a hobby.
- Share information about a career.
- Share information about visiting or living in another country or an interesting part of the USA.
- Write poetry with children.
- Create family books or creative journals.
- Teach board games.
- Teach paper crafting or cartooning.
- Help coach and athletic team.
- Assist on field trips when you are able.
- Help establish a parent center at your school.
- Start a parent book club with a focus on current child-centered publications.
- Read aloud to children in the school library or in the classroom.
- Organize or participate in storytelling events.
Help with resources:
- Serve as a room parent.
- Help prepare materials for lessons in the art room or science room.
- Support student performances; paint scenery, sew costumes, make props.
- Help create, publish, and distribute a school newsletter.
- Organize donations of classroom supplies; Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper towels, glue sticks, cleaning supplies, etc.
- Bring in approved refreshments for special events.
- Organize donations of good, used clothing, toys and books.
- Organize donations of usable recycled goods from local businesses (paper, 3-ring binders, pens, pencils, containers, etc.)
- Help create and assemble home learning games.
- Encourage employers and local businesses to make donations and support school programs.
Help at home:
Ask school staff if there is a need for assistance with . . .
- Computer research
- Letter writing
- Phone calls
- Stapling books or journals
- Typing labels
- Assembling learning games
Develop your skills:
- Attend training or orientation on how to be an effective volunteer.
- Help develop creative ways to use volunteers at school.
- Coordinate and supervise evening and weekend volunteer activities at school.
- Help develop volunteer job descriptions and opportunities.
- Participate in organizing and planning ways to recognize and appreciate Volunteers.
- Learn to be a math coach.