Parent Volunteers: 10 Different Ways To Help Your Local School
Integrated Learning Strategies is excited to feature school opportunities for parent volunteers in this guest post. While many of the recommendations below are great for children and parents, some accommodations or exceptions may be made for children with learning challenges and learning disabilities. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
No matter how wealthy an area you live, there are always schools crying out for extra money. And, if you want your child to have the best education, you should consider getting involved. Parent volunteers are the heartbeat of many successful schools across the country. They contribute in many ways, including helping to raise valuable money for equipment and resources. Here are a few ideas of things you can do in your community to help raise awareness – and money – for your children’s school.
Become a helper
Schools rely on parent volunteers for many different reasons. Parents can help out in the classroom, chaperone at school trips, and everything in between. Without those volunteers, some activities just won’t take place, due to safety and time constraints. We can’t stress enough how much you will be helping your school by turning up and being there whenever they need you. So, put your name down and let your child’s teacher know when you are available. You will need to have a check on your background, so the earlier you apply, the sooner you can get started.
Volunteer as a lunch lady or playground supervisor
Teachers need time to eat – and recuperate – which is why anyone offering to be a lunch lady or playtime supervisor is welcomed with open arms. It’s a tough job – lunchtimes in the schoolyards are full of kids letting off steam in a serious way. There will be fights to deal with, accidents, and a lot more besides. But, if you are good with children and have a patient manner, it’s a nice way to offer your services to your local school. You may benefit from getting a child’s first aid certification, too.
Start a club
Do you have a specific set of skills? Maybe you are good at art, or are multilingual? Perhaps you just have some life skills that you would like to impart? Whatever your talents, why not offer those services to your local school? There are opportunities for before and after school hours, so choose a time that suits your circumstances. Many parents will be happy for their kids to stay on so they can get a couple of extra hours at work. Why not be the person that can help them out with an after school club?
Join in with sports and fitness
If you are interested in fitness and sports, there are plenty of opportunities at local schools to get involved. You could run football sessions, or soccer, or baseball. Anything that you have to offer will be a welcome addition to the services the school has to offer. In an ideal world, all schools would have facilities and teachers with the ability to do extracurricular sport. But the reality is that many schools struggle to do so. It can make a difference – not just to your school, but also to the health of the children from your community.
Of course, not everyone can help in the educational environment. But, there is still plenty you can do that can help give your local school a boost. All schools, no matter how big, need extra money and fundraising to pay for valuable equipment and resource. They need everything from new computers through to student desks. So, have a think about what you can do to get more involved and raise a little extra money for them. Let’s take a look at some of the ideas.
Bake sales are an old American tradition – and they are perfect for raising funds for schools. It’s easy to arrange – just use your school notice board or message system to drum up support. Many moms will be keen to get involved – although some may be a little competitive! But, that can only be a good thing if those cakes fly off the shelves and turn into a lot of money for your school.
Is your local school trying to raise the money for a building upgrade? If so, you can try going down the sponsored brick route. It’s where people can pay for single blocks that have inscriptions of their names on them, and are used to construct the building. It’s a great way to build a community around your school, and people can display their support for the building they helped to fund.
Quiz nights are incredibly easy to run, and they are a highly popular event in any school year. All you need is a venue – the school hall, for example – and a set of questions. A good public speaker is also a benefit, although the truth is that anyone can be a question master. You can also throw in a few extras such as a dinner, or bring some alcoholic and soft drinks. In fact, going down this route gives you more of a chance to earn even more for your school.
Community sports days
Community sports days can take a little more organization – but they can bring in a serious amount of money for your school. They are a great way for the school community to come together, too – assuming the weather holds up for you! Try setting up some fun games for the kids, and then put on some trickier events for the adults. A 3-legged race can bring a lot of smiles to many faces – and you can also hire some sumo costumes for some funny wrestling games.
One of the best ways to raise funds for your local school is to set up a sponsored challenge. It could be a long walk between two landmarks in your state, or a swimathon, or anything else that challenges people to get out of their comfort zone. The great thing about sponsored events is that the participants have a real focus to find sponsors, and will work as hard as they can to raise money. It also filters down into wider sections of the community. Extended family members, friends who go to other schools and many more people are often willing to put their hands in their pockets.
So – what do you think about these ideas? Please feel free to share any other inspiring ways of helping out your school in the comments section below!
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