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Health Information For Parents
Whether their kids are kindergarteners or high school seniors, parents have many good reasons to volunteer at school.
Getting involved is a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education. It also sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.
Many schools now have to raise their own funds for activities and supplies that once were considered basic necessities. Parent volunteers are essential to organizing and chaperoning these fundraising events and other school activities.
Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community. They also show their kids the importance of participating in the larger community.
Working with teachers, administrators, and other parents will help you understand your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change — all without intruding on their privacy or personal space.
Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school.
Some parents get “volunteer burnout” by the time their kids enter high school or decide that the schools don’t need them as much then. Many parents who volunteered a lot of time during their kids’ elementary years return to full-time careers by the time their kids are teens, so there’s often a shortage in the secondary schools.
One of the best starting points for getting involved is a parent–teacher conference or open house. These are usually scheduled early in each school year. They’re a great opportunity to talk to your child’s teachers or the principal about volunteer involvement.
If you have something to offer or just want to help out in whatever way you can, talk about it with teachers. They might arrange something with you personally or direct you to a department head or administrator who can answer your questions and make suggestions. It’s also a good idea to join the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or parents’ advisory council.
Here are some of the ways a parent volunteer can help:
Remember that not everyone is suited for the same type of involvement. You may have to “try on” a few activities before you find something that feels right. If you need ideas, ask your child’s teacher, who will likely be glad to help you think of something!
When you offer to help out, find out how much of a time commitment is expected and if it will be ongoing. Are you going to repair the costumes for the spring musical or keep the drama department’s supplies in good condition year-round? Are you chaperoning a track meet or coaching the whole season?
Be sure to ask if any financial costs are involved with your volunteer activities. If you’re chaperoning a field trip, for example, find out if you’ll pay for transportation and admissions costs. Ask if you’ll transport students in your own vehicle or ride with them on a school bus.
If you organize or help out with an activity that takes place off the school grounds, find out if there are any specific school regulations you need to keep in mind or any liability issues you should consider.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when signing up to volunteer:
Remember that volunteering not only benefits your kids. It helps the classroom, the whole school, and the community by giving students positive interaction, support, and encouragement.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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