Simple Ways to Support Your Kid’s School

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Schools are more than a large building that you take your children to each day. Once they have arrived, the administrators and teachers work hard to provide them with a stable and learning environment that they hope will give students a sense of discipline, and a respect for knowledge. Look at the best performing schools and you will see that they are usually part of a community where the parents and local businesses get involved. You might like to do the same but not be sure what you can do.

Share Your Talents

If you have a talent, consider sharing it with the school. It could be that you are an expert with computers, that you have a knack for engaging children with stories, or are good at a craft such as art or woodwork. These talents can be very useful to schools and they will appreciate you spending time your time in passing them on to their students.

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Free Up Some Teacher Time

You may feel that teachers only work a short day compared to may other professions. However, their work does not finish when the children go home. They have papers to work and lessons to plan and often have to work until late into the evening.  You could help them by marking papers perhaps so that they have more time for planning the work ahead. Teachers will really appreciate this help, as the more time they have to plan, the better it is for them and the students.

Make Donations

There are always things schools would like to do with the students that they do not have the funding for. Sometimes they are short of resources or it could be they need some new equipment. You can help a teacher directly, or the school in general. However you donate, it will always be put to good use.

Help With Running The School

Schools have ways that you can help to keep it running smoothly. There is the Parent Teacher Association or the school council, both of which help to keep the school on an even keel. Becoming a member of either of this is a great way to help your local school.

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Arrange Visits

Sometimes, seeing something visually will stay in student’s minds better than being told the same thing. Arrange visits to local businesses that could help in this. If there is a farm locally, for instance, let them see how crops are grown and how the livestock are cared for. That will make a much better impression on their young minds than reading in a book how a farm works.

Help In The Library

One way that a school can save money is if it does not have to hire a librarian. If enough parents take it in turns to run the library, the money saved can be put to better use elsewhere.

There are many ways you could help in a school, and if you are unsure about what help they need, ask them. They always appreciate volunteers and will have some way in which you can assist them.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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