I was laying in bed last night thinking that I dropped the baton on my Giving Back series. I had an amazing local charitable organization to share with you, but prior commitments and end-of-the-school year activities jumbled my calendar making it near impossible to tour their facility. Then I realized the very thing that filled my schedule was actually Giving Back– volunteering at my boy’s schools and coaching their soccer teams.
Volunteering at your kid’s school or sports team is probably the easiest and most rewarding way to give back to your child and community. I volunteer in my son’s classroom and for the PTA, and what I’ve learned is that teachers and administrators need our help. I know what you’re thinking; I don’t have time; I work; I have a baby at home; etc. Don’t let these excuses cloud your judgement; here are few examples of how you can help at your child’s school or sports team.
- Take home – craft projects to cut out or assemble.
- When you receive your child’s class supply list, purchase extra folders, crayons and pencils.
- Come into the school and make copies for teachers.
- Chaperone during a field trip.
- Find out your child’s teacher’s favorite drink at Starbucks and have your child bring one to him/her.
- Ask the teacher or PTA if there is a project you can work on at home. At home examples- update school website, write newsletter, create a sign-up list, or order supplies.
- Volunteer to help in the classroom- check papers, listen to students read, read to students, clean or organize the classroom.
- Sport Teams- besides coaching, parents can help with drills, setting up a snack sign-up sheet, taking pictures of the team during games and sharing them on Shutterfly or a similar online group, coordinating trophies, or organizing an end-of-the-season party.
I’ve noticed that as parents, we’re busy people. We get into the habit of thinking that someone else will sign up and completely forget about the volunteer inquiry email we received. So, I’m challenging parents to make the initiative, make a note (in BOLD) to send an email to your child’s teacher, PTA or coach and tell them how you can help. Tell them you work days and you can only volunteer in the evenings, how you want to organize a snack sign up sheet, or ask if there is a project that you can work on at home. When we all work together we provide more opportunities for our own children as well as bettering our community!
What kind of ways do you volunteer in your child’s school or sports team?