All vibrant school communities need extra hands on deck, though the particulars for pitching in may vary from school to school. Teachers may welcome parents into the classroom to help with activities or to share special skills. Parent committees run many school-wide functions, such as art shows, class picnics, and fund-raising events. If you can’t volunteer on a regular basis, choose an event that works for you. If you’re a working parent, ask about ways you can help from home.
Check with your school to see how you can get involved. You may be able to—
- share cultural or ethnic celebrations with your child’s class;
- plan or supervise excursions or service projects;
- help plant a Peace Garden;
- build a school Web site;
- edit the school newsletter
- … and much more!