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Proactive Parents: Ways To Help Your Child’s School

If your child’s school is suffering from financial problems or a lack of resources, this can be worrying to parents. Without adequate teaching and materials, parents may question whether the school can deliver the best education to their children. If you are a parent in this situation, here are some things you can do to help the school and improve the educational opportunities for your children.

Raise money for the school

Many schools are suffering from budget cuts that have forced some establishments to reduce their teaching force and enforce a ban on buying new equipment. A lot of schools rely on other sources of income, including fundraising by parents and pupils. If you are interested in helping  raising money for the school, there are many ways of doing this. You can choose a traditional and easy fundraising option like a bake sale. Or, you can organize larger fundraising events with different fundraisers like McDonalds, for example. When organizing such events, you should share ideas and responsibilities with the school, parents and local businesses to ensure success.

Volunteer

If the school has limited numbers of staff, you may wish to help out around the school. This will take those additional tasks off the teachers’ hands allowing them to focussing on lesson plans, teaching, and marking. For example, you may be able to help out at recess; monitoring the playground and canteen. Or, if you are a sports enthusiast, you may wish to coach one of the school’s sports teams. There are many more ways you can volunteer your time at school. If you are interested in doing this ask the headteacher where you might be able to assist.

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Donate materials

If the school is suffering from a lack of equipment, you may wish to check if there is anything you can usefully give to the establishment. This can be anything from stationery to an old computer. To make this an even more fruitful exercise, you may also wish to ask your friends, family, colleagues and your employer for materials they can donate to the school.

Use your skills and connections

When considering ways to help the school it is a good idea to focus on how your skills could be of use. For example, if you are a graphic designer you may wish to help out by designing flyers for fundraisers or designing elements of the school website. Alternatively, you may be able to offer internship or work shadowing opportunities to pupils through your place of work or with clients you work closely with.

By helping your children’s school, you will be improving the education opportunities for your child or children. Although money can be very useful, there are other ways to lend a helping hand. By offering your skills, contacts, time and materials you can make a significant difference. Before you take on any of these projects, however, it is a good idea to contact the school so that you can discuss your ideas and find out about more ways you can assist.