Parent Participation: B

We know that getting involved in your child’s school can be demanding; Even if you can’t volunteer to do work at the school building, you can help your child learn when you’re at home. The key question is, “What can I do at home, easily and in a few minutes a day, to reinforce and extend what the school is doing?”

Parents can also get involved in the schools in another way namely, on the policy-making level. Many schools have “parent advisory councils, which help determine the direction of the school. Also, school boards need candidates for their seats, as well as volunteers to serve on special committees that evaluate everything from curriculum to school safety. Whether your kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It’s a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.

Reasons to Get Involved:

Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you’ll gain a firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space). Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start.

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