By: Amy Burchett, Admissions Director & Christie Burger, Admissions
Whether you are new to your child’s school community or have been there for years, is it time for you to consider walking the halls again alongside your child? Research shows that increased parent participation at a child’s school directly effects student performance and emotional well – being. So, grab your backpack and your sack lunch and let’s explore the importance of becoming, or continuing to be, an active member in your child’s school community.
Getting involved within your child’s school community can be much easier than you think. From filling-in your name on a classroom sign-up sheet, to holding an office in your schools parent association, every effort makes a difference. Here are a few ideas about how you can get involved:
1. Attend a home or away sporting event.
2. Visit your child for lunch or even volunteer to be a lunchroom monitor.
3. Become a member of your school’s parent association.
4. Offer your expertise for school events and fundraisers.
5. Become a club or team sponsor.
6. Volunteer to be a guest speaker or reader in a classroom.
Over time, you will begin to see and feel the benefit of going back to school. Chances are, your child will too. Not only will you have the opportunity to build new relationships with other parents and school staff, you will be showing your child the importance of school, community, and service. On average, students will spend 1,000 hours in school each year. How can you make just one of those hours better?