Recently I read an article that stated the obvious…Children, teachers, and schools do better when parents pitch in. I will spare you the break down of the 1000 words of what you already know. DUH! But what do you do when you are a mother of 4 who works full time & already volunteer’s elsewhere? There are a number of ways you can help out and make a difference even if you only have 5 min a week! Really!
Don’t think that if you can’t organize the next bake sale you are not of good use to your school.There are even things you can do with out setting foot in the school it’s self. All you have to do is ask and your child’s teacher, the PTO leader, the secretary, and the principle will have plenty of ideas. Here are a few I have gathered to get you started…….
If you have 5 min
Send an email reminder for you teacher to the other parents
Offer to help lead the bus line once a week
write a quick not to thank your child’s teachers or staff pick a new one each week and by the end of the year everyone that enriches your child during the year will know they are loved & appreciated.
Volunteer to bring a store bought snack once a month
Donate to the next food drive or clothing gather
Tell your crossing guard thank you
Take the time to sign and actually read what the teacher sends home each week
Pack a special note for you child
If you have an hour
Sign up to help once a month in your child’s class
Create a flyer for the PTO
Gather supplies for the next function
update the class or school web page
Take your child to a special lunch
Bring your teacher a coffee
Organize a study group for your child & her friends
Be a team parent
Sign up to bring a dinner item once during conferences or bring your child’s teacher dinner on your night
If you have more than an hour
Join the PTO
Become a class parent
Start a club for your school
Organize and spear head a fund raiser
Coach a team
Volunteer for recess duty
Some of these things may be very small, some may take a lot of commitment, but no matter the size of your contribution you will be making a difference for your school, your child, and thier teachers. What you do does matter, if we all do what we can then we are doing our best!
Happy school year mama’s!0