Getting Involved at Your Childl's School
When we think of parent involvement at school, we typically think of the PTA. But there are other support groups including PTOs, boosters, and foundations. In some schools, a support group such as the PTA can be a very active body, addressing issues such as budget, school policies, fundraising, and community relations. While being a member of the PTA can be very rewarding for parents, it can also be a time-consuming endeavor.
In fact, there are many ways to get directly involved with your child's school. Let the teacher or principal know of your interest and any areas of expertise you have (gardening, photography, or cooking, for example).
You can also ask to volunteer in the classroom and help with projects or other classroom tasks such as making copies, helping individual students, or preparing activities. Similarly, you might suggest an activity or series of activities to supplement the curriculum (for example, you could come in and lead the class in a cooking lesson that focuses on measurement).
You might also volunteer around the school by helping in the library, monitoring students on the playground, or helping with tasks such as creating a brochure for new families. Think outside of the box -- the options are limitless. If you express an interest in being involved, chances are the teacher and school will find a way to make it happen.