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Ways to get involved at your child’s school

September 22nd, 2006

As the new school year begins, so does the opportunity to help your child’s school. Sometimes we may feel that getting involved requires a lot of our time. Last year I learned otherwise. The school’s volunteer coordinator made it very clear that any help, even one hour would be greatly appreciated. With this understanding, I went ahead and signed up to be a volunteer. The experience was very fulfilling and I look forward to doing it again.

Ways to volunteer at school

  • Take photos for the yearbook.
    Time commitment: as little as 15 minutes a year or as much as 8 hours, broken up over the school year.
  • Stuff envelopes.
    Time commitment: anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
    (This is good for a parent who is not available during school hours.)
  • Make or buy something for the Bake Sale.
    Time commitment: 5 minutes if you buy something or the length of your bake/prep time.
  • Help at the school’s Car Wash.
    Time commitment: one morning or afternoon.
  • Work the drop-off or pick-up lane at school.
    Time commitment: from one hour a year up to whatever your schedule allows.
  • Work the Scholastic Book Fair.
    Time commitment: one hour or any increment up to 15 hours over the course of the book fair week.
  • Offer to help with the school’s website or newsletter.
    Time commitment: depends on the site/newsletter, it could be an hour a week or a couple hours a month.
    (This is good for a parent who is not available during school hours.)
  • Help set up the Teacher Appreciation breakfast/event.
    Time commitment: a few hours.
  • Be your child’s classroom parent.
    Time commitment: an hour every couple weeks.
    (This is good for a parent with a flexible schedule.)
  • Join the yearbook committee.
    Time commitment: an hour a week.
  • Become a board member of the PTO/PTA.
    Time commitment: depending on the position, anywhere from an hour a week up to whatever your schedule allows.

If none of these ideas work for you, consider helping in the following ways (provided your school participates in these programs).

  • Collect Box Tops for Education.
  • Sign up for and use your Target card and Target will donate money to your child’s school.
  • Donate empty ink cartridges.
  • Get as many people as possible to purchase from the fundraiser catalog.
  • Buy school raffle tickets.
  • Buy items from the Bake Sale.
  • Get your cars washed at the school Car Wash.
  • Buy something at the school auction.

Good luck with the new school year and have fun getting involved.

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