The first time I volunteered at my son’s school, I knew all about the research that shows parent involvement in school benefits students; it’s just part of working for PTO Today. What I didn’t know was just how great it would feel to have a room full of pre-K students looking up at me like I was the coolest grownup ever.
Parent involvement in education makes a huge difference for our kids and their schools, and it’s never too early to start, whether it’s at preschool, pre-K, or above. You might think you’re only reading a picture book to squirmy toddlers or providing snacks for a party, but really, you’re doing much more. When you volunteer at school, you’re showing your child that you value education and that they should, too. And chances are, you’ll find out what it feels like when a room full of students thinks you’re the coolest grownup ever!
To get connected with your child’s preschool or grade school, ask your child’s teacher how you can help — and find out whether your school has a parent group. Getting involved with the parent group is a great way to meet other parents and support the school’s educational goals. Parent groups frequently organize family events that help build a sense of community and raise money for classroom tools or enrichment programs that students might not otherwise benefit from.
And if you’re already involved with the school parent group, mark your calendar for PTO Today’s fall expo to find out more about all the resources and services available to parent groups. The expo is set for Oct. 18 at the Lantana in Randolph, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll learn about event and fundraising ideas, get expert advice, pick up tons of free samples, and have the chance to win great prizes.
Don’t worry about getting a sitter. Kids of all ages are welcome! Young children will have the chance to meet Wally the Green Monster from the Boston Red Sox and check out traveling exhibits from Southwick’s Zoo and the New England Aquarium.
Register in advance using the special code BLOG16 for Boston Moms Blog readers, and you’ll pay only $5 (half the regular admission price). When you arrive, you’ll get a free T-shirt and a tote bag to carry all the freebies you’ll receive. We hope to see you there!