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Ways To Support Your Schools PTA Without Your Checkbook
You may not have time to dedicate to being on the PTA each school year, but there are many ways to still be involved. While you may prefer to just write a check and make your one-time contribution, consider that you have other talents and skills that may be more useful to your school's PTA. Without extra assistance from parents during the year, many times schools go without major events or lack necessary classroom equipment. There are so many ways to directly assist the PTA at your child's school with more than just cash. Take the time to ask the PTA (or your child's teacher) more about their needs for the school year - you may find a way that works perfectly for you!
- Work with Kids: Volunteer to go on a field trip, speak at a career day, or teach a lesson if you're trained in any special skills! If you can tutor or mentor students, definitely offer your time.
- Help Set Up Classrooms: Often, teachers are overwhelmed with their day-to-day job, that classroom maintenance gets pushed aside. Check with your school's PTA to offer support laminating, copying, making bulletin boards, or helping with organization around the school building.
- Ask Your Boss: Does your workplace often have lots of leftover office supplies? Ask your workplace about collecting these items to donate to the school for kids who may not have the proper supplies. It may also be useful to talk to your employer about sponsoring school events or making a donation to the PTA.
- Prepare Food: Many schools need goodies for bake sales or school-wide events. If you're good in the kitchen, ask about what you can help prepare.
- Translate: Do you speak another language fluently? Many children have parents that don't speak as much English and may need help understanding what is being presented at school events. If you've got the skills to help another parent, this is very useful to help out.
No matter what you have to offer, a school's PTA will certainly appreciate any time or resources you have to offer. The key is being available and asking what help is needed. You may have so much more to offer your child's classmates, your child's teacher, and the school than you think. Keep your eyes open for ways to help out during the school year!
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