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Jul 30 2015

Parent Volunteers Benefit Everyone

By Ashley Parsons, Extended Care Coordinator

Schools and Families play very important roles in a child’s overall learning and development, which is why it is imperative that both schools and parents form partnerships to better support students.  Joyce Epstein stated in the School and Family Partnerships Report that, “when schools and families work in partnership, students hear that school is important from their parents and teachers and perceive that caring people in both environments are investing and coordinating time and resources to help them succeed.”  When families get involved, research shows that there are numerous benefits to children, their parents and their school.

 

Benefits for Children

  • Improved academics across all grade levels
  • Positive attitudes toward school
  • Higher attendance rates
  • Increased student motivation
  • Achieve higher reading levels
  • Develop strong social skills between peers and adults

Benefits for Parents

  • Increases parent-child communication about school
  • Become more knowledgeable of school’s policies and expectations
  • Awareness of child’s learning abilities
  • Receive tips on how to help children with school work

Benefits for Schools and Teachers

  • Improves relationships between parents, students, and school
  • Creates a positive, cooperative, and inclusive atmosphere
  • Teachers are more effective in their teaching ability
  • School’s overall morale is higher

         

Ways Parents can get involved

Are you looking for ways to get involved at your child’s school? Your involvement makes a school a better place for your child, their peers, and other parents in the school’s community. Your child’s school, be it an Elementary, Middle, or High School, is looking forward to having parents join them for the coming 2015-2016 school year.  Contact your school’s administration to inquire about the many opportunities available to you.  Give of your time and talents by:

  • Becoming a library fairy
  • Wash toys for your child’s classroom
  • Become a classroom representative
  • Help teachers by leading small groups during English or Math class
  • Have a special skill? Be an After School Club teacher and teach students that skill
  • Help your school during a community event; School Fundraisers, Playground Cleanup, Ice Cream Social, Family Adventure Day, just to name a few opportunities

Signing up to be a Parent Volunteer

Contact your school's volunteer coordinator today!

Are you a GIS parent? Support the school and you child by filling out our volunteer form.

Research article about the benefits of parent involvement