- Volunteering makes a big difference.
Research consistently shows that kids whose parents are involved in their schools do better.
- Volunteering offers tangible ways to be part of things.
Sometimes we might mean well, but our busy lives get in the way of committing. Joining a parent group will provide concrete ways to get involved, whether at events, in the classroom, or on a committee.
- It feels great to participate!
Your child spends a lot of time at school, and it’s great to share some of her school-related experiences with her.
- You’ll get to know other parents.
It’s powerful to create a circle of adult friends around a school, and having a shared interest is a good place to start. What’s more, it can help foster connections between families in your community.
- Your help is always needed.
Whether it’s helping run the next big event or providing support in the classroom, there are always ways to pitch in.
- It’s a manageable commitment.
Volunteering can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Spend an hour at a school festival or book fair, and your efforts will be appreciated. And remember, it’s always OK to say no when you’re busy.
- It’s fun!
Even simple events like skate nights and family game nights can spice up your week.
- You can tailor volunteering to play to your strengths.
Within a parent group or school community there are many ways to contribute, some of which are sure to complement your strengths, interests, or professional skills.
- Have a great idea?
Volunteering gives you opportunities to get your ideas out there.
- Volunteering provides another way to get to know school and support staff to better understand their needs and ideas.