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Getting Involved in Your Child’s School

on November 3, 2012

It is important for parents to be involved in their child’s school. Children whose parents participate in their school have higher grades and test scores and better attendance, and are more likely to be well adjusted and enjoy school, according to a report from the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the National Coalition for Parental Involvement in Education (NCPIE). The U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for Citizens in Education also report that children of involved parents achieve more in school. For some parents who work full-time, this may be a difficult task. But there are still ways for working parents to be involved.

Here are some ways for you to get involved:

• Attend school functions such as open houses, family nights, and school carnivals.

• Be sure and meet the teachers and principal and let them know you are interested in being involved in events. Let them know your schedule and when you are available.

• Volunteer in your child’s classroom. Help the teacher with projects, making copies, or reading to the class. If you can’t do this on a regular basis, be sure and check with the teacher periodically to see if you can help. Most teachers welcome parental help in the classroom.

• Being a homeroom mom or dad is a great opportunity to be involved. You can help plan activities, classroom parties and events throughout the year. Although this usually requires more time it is a great way to be involved.

• Join the local parent teacher association (PTA) to meet other parents, and raise funds for projects and materials for the school. The PTA often meets after school and normal work hours.

• Get to know other parents. By attending events at the school you will get to know other parents and build a network. You can even set up a parent center at the school or elsewhere for parents to meet and talk.

• Volunteer to tutor students or help with students who have special needs.

• Volunteer to be a chaperone for field trips, dances, or sporting events.

• Volunteer to assist in the library area of your school. School librarians often need help.

• Share a talent. If you are a good artist or musician, volunteer to perform or do an activity at the school. Or if you have an interesting career or have done something interesting, volunteer to be a guest speaker for your child’s class.

Being involved in your child’s school lets them know you are interested in their education. Also by being involved in the school, it gives you an inside track on what is going on there such as new projects, upcoming events or even any problems that are happening with your child or the school. But be sure not to overextend yourself by volunteering for everything that comes along. Sometimes this can backfire and take too much time away from your child and family. Find the right balance of involvement for you and your family.

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