Overcast   34.0F  |  Forecast »
Edit Module

10 Ways to Get Involved

If your attendance record at your child's school could use a boost, there are plenty of ways to jump in

Think your attendance record at your child's school could use a boost? There are plenty of ways – big and small – to get involved. Here are a few ideas gathered from PTO Today, Project Appleseed and local sources. (Note: Find even more ideas at SchoolFamily.com.)

Basics

1. Go to parent-teacher conferences. While they're not the only time you should swing in, they're still crucial. Many schools now offer "curriculum night" open houses to give mom and dad a fuller taste of their kids' school day.

2. Hit a few meetings and events. Even if you're not a PTA or PTO devotee, stopping by keeps you in the loop. Family nights and dinners afford casual face-time with educators and other parents. Don't forget school board meetings, too.

3. Read the newsletter. It'll often clue you in to volunteer opportunities, whether in class or after school hours.

4. Talk to the teachers. Odds are good they need help with something, such as cutting out materials for a project. If you have a knack for something, let him or her know; there may be a need to build new shelves, or a demonstration by an artist, to name a couple.

A bit more

5. Chaperone a field trip. It's a classic method that gets you into the school and, typically, there's ample notice to plan a day off of work.

6. Offer to judge a school competition. Whether it's a spelling bee or science fair, lending a hand will make you and your child winners.

7. Present at a career day. Lets you share your talents and scope out the school, too.

Beyond

8. Start an after-school club. Collaborate with administration to find out where students need a boost – math and reading could be examples. Or how about health? Board games? Outdoor survival skills?

9. Join a committee or council. Give your direct two cents. But if founding a group, beware single-issue causes, like uniforms in schools; the staying-power is slim.

10. Roll out a welcome mat. Whether it's a "parent lounge" or an open-door policy, work with schools to draw other parents. One school even installed 10 washing machines and two driers, says Kevin Walker of Project Appleseeed: "They would sic the teachers on those parents they had not seen for a long time." Even Saturday morning breakfasts can do the trick.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Edit Module
Advertisement
Edit Module

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Hanukkah Crafts for Kids: Holiday Picture Frame

Hanukkah Crafts for Kids: Holiday Picture Frame

If you're celebrating the holiday and looking for quick and easy crafts for kids, this fun and affordable little keepsake is a great way to display family memories.

Dad Gets Unexpected Reaction to Terrible Christmas Gifts

Dad Gets Unexpected Reaction to Terrible Christmas Gifts

British dad pranks his kids with bad Christmas presents, but didn't get the reaction he was expecting – and it's pretty sweet.

Simple Holiday Family Crafts to Make with On-Hand Material

Simple Holiday Family Crafts to Make with On-Hand Material

Does your family have paper cups, Legos, plastic spoons or toilet-paper rolls lying around? Transform them into angels, snowmen and even a chimney for Santa!

Bath Time Safety Tips for Babies and Toddlers

Bath Time Safety Tips for Babies and Toddlers

What's the best way to bathe your child? How can you keep them safe in the tub? A pediatric doctor at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit has tips.

Snowman Dessert Recipes: Tasty and Cute Ideas

Snowman Dessert Recipes: Tasty and Cute Ideas

Who doesn't love Frosty the Snowman? Kids will enjoy making – and eating! – some of these adorable and delicious snowman recipes.

Holiday Stamping Favorite Supplies from Stampin' Up

Holiday Stamping Favorite Supplies from Stampin' Up

Crafty company Stampin' Up offers a variety of fun stampers, punches and paper that transform into cool gift tags, cards and other fun DIY projects.

British Mom Sells Breast Milk to Pay for Christmas Gifts

British Mom Sells Breast Milk to Pay for Christmas Gifts

A mom of four from Manchester, England gets $20 for a bottle of her breast milk, which she sells online, reportedly to buy her kids presents for the holidays.

Edit Module
Advertisement
Edit Module
Advertisement
Edit Module
Advertisement