Back To School? You Can Help!

Back To School? You Can Help!


School children are heading back for another year of education, hopefully this will be a good one for all concerned. Some kids are home schooled, others attend private schools, while the vast majority of children attend public schools.

school busAs a parent of public school children, I can tell you that our schools are doing a very good job, but there are many challenges that we’re facing. Budget cutbacks, larger classes and staff turnover means that everyone’s help is needed. Granted, some people can’t or won’t help out, but for everyone else, there are a number of ways that you can make a big difference during this year.

You Can Make A Difference

Are you looking to make a difference at your child’s school? If so, the following ideas can certainly come in handy:

Join the PTA – Parents, teachers and administrators work to improve the school through the PTA, one of the most influential bodies that any school has. Your PTA acts in an advisory capacity, allowing parents to air their voices while giving everyone the chance to share ideas on how best to advance education throughout the year. The PTA is one of the chief fund-raising arms for most schools, public and private.

Volunteer – Schools need volunteers who can work in the library, help with breakfast and lunch, read to  students, maintain gardens and grounds, staff activity nights, you name it. Some volunteer opportunities are on a regular basis while others are from time to time. Consider ways that you can help, making a difference in the lives of young minds.

Raise Support – Private schools in particular need parents who are gifted at raising support. Tuition costs cover most expenses, but many extras are supplied by parents, groups, businesses and others. Think of innovative ways to bring in support including bake sales, car washes, book sales, raffles, contests, etc.

Vote – If you’re unhappy (or happy) with the way that the school board is managing things, then you should vote each time that there is an election. Perhaps you’ve considered running for a seat yourself? If so, learn what it takes to work on the school board or get behind a candidate whose values resonate with your own.

Ratify – Some school districts allow registered voters to vote on the annual school budget. If you believe that the budget is sound, then get out and give a vote up. If not, vote it down. Your voice is important – no matter whether you support the budget or not, your voice can help shape matters for years to come.

You Can Do It!

Successful schools are that way thanks to parental participation and community involvement. Why not work with other parents, teachers and administrators this school year to foster excellence and school spirit?

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".