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More About Helping in the Schools

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Last week’s column elicited many positive and helpful comments, particularly from a local teacher who did not want me to share her name. She did say it was okay to share some additional ideas for how parents can be involved in the school. Here are some great ideas. •If you don’t want to actually chaperone an event, go watch. Commend students for participating and praise the event. •Provide things students might need for specific events: coats, hats, gloves for the Mission Ridge trip, swim suits, towels, goggles for the Waterslides. •Check things your own children have outgrown and consider donating them: football, soccer, track, baseball shoes, for instance. •When you pick up your own student because he/she remained at school for extra-curricular events, see if anyone else needs a ride. Make sure you communicate with their parents. •Sometimes students go on field trips and need “spending” money for food or gifts. Make a contribution to your school and specifically designate it for that purpose. •I often go to Costco and purchase giant bags of dog biscuits which I then donate to Club Pet. You might consider healthy snacks and provide them to the teachers. •Ask the counselor, teachers, coaches, specialists (art and music) if there is anything they need. I just purchased dictionaries and was able to buy 10 good ones for just under $30. •Many times the greatest gift is time, so if you can volunteer anywhere in the school, do so – even if it’s only 1 hour a month. You will have to jump through some “hoops” to do so, but it’s worthwhile for the school, the students, and you. There is great joy and satisfaction in giving of oneself to help others. For me, it always involves kids. Feel free to send me additional ideas for involvement in the schools. Also, I welcome suggestions for future columns.