According to PTO today, "researchers have been studying the effects that parent attitudes and actions have on their children’s academic success for many years, and they have reported consistently that children with parents involved in their education and schools earn better grades, score higher on tests, and much more." But how should you go about volunteering? If your school has a website, there is probably a link to the Parent-Teacher Group. These groups go by a variety of names these days: PTO, PTA, Home/School Partnership, etc.
Sign up for the newsletter and/or join their Facebook Group if they have one. Getting involved can seem difficult for parents that work full-time, but with a little thought and creativity, you can get involved too! Parent involvement can mean helping kids at home with schoolwork and projects; attending school events, which helps foster a connection between home and school; and volunteering and participating directly in school. Just find something that works for you - don't see something, ASK your School-Parent Group Leadership, or offer your skill-set, whatever it may be.
I have been an active member of our Home-School Partnership since my now 15 year old entered kindergarten. It's been an incredible experience, and a great way to meet other families, teachers and administrators.
Do you volunteer at your kids' school? What's your favorite opportunity?
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