Most schools around the country have kids parented by a good mix of both working parents and stay-at-home parents. More often than not, the PTA is generally run by stay-at-home or work-at-home parents. This certainly makes sense, as these are parents who often have more free time and more flexible schedules that allow them to donate their time freely and that allow them to spend many hours a week at the school helping out in work rooms and in classrooms alike.
While many parents who work outside of the home don't have as much flexibility in their schedules that allow them to help out on campus during the school day, many still would love to help out in different ways and be active in their kids' school. Here are some great ideas that you me able to put to use in your child's school PTA:
Newsletter: Does your school currently have a newsletter? This may be a digital copy that is emailed out (which is best for the environment) or one that is sent home weekly or monthly. If not, you can talk to your PTA board members about starting up a newsletter. If there is currently a newsletter, you can inquire about helping with it or even spearheading the entire committee.
Box Tops and Soup Labels: Many schools today have collection bins on campus for Box Tops for Education, Campbell's soup labels, and others. These are all fundraising opportunities that companies offer to schools, and every school that has these collection bins needs someone who can empty the bids every week or two, count the labels, and send them off so the monetary reward can be processed and sent back to the school. This is something that can largely be done in the evenings or on the weekends.
Teacher Helper: You can talk to your child's teacher about assisting him or her from home. Many teachers get overwhelmed with their numerous duties and would love to send some work home for you to do. Consider helping with things like cutting things out, transcribing names and other information, and more. These are basic things that take up a teacher's time but that need to be done. What's best is that they can be done by you at home!
Directory or Yearbook: Many schools make money by selling a directory of students or a yearbook, but someone has to take the initiative to compile this information together before it can be sold to generate income for the PTA. This is largely at-home work that you would do in front of a computer, so it's perfect for working parents to do.
These are just a few of the many things that working parents can sign up to do for their kids school. Not every parent can devote hours a week to help on campus, but the fact is that everything you can do will end up benefiting the school. Many of the ideas listed above help the child's classroom directly or benefit the PTA and thus the school financially!
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