Volunteer at Your Child’s School to Ensure Common Core Standards Success

By Jared Myracle

It’s easy to overlook the importance of volunteering your time when it comes to Common Core Standards success, but lending a hand at school events is a great way to stay engaged. Offering up some of your time can have a positive impact on your child’s performance at school.

Not only do you build relationships with teachers, staff members, and other parents, but you also show your child that you value the school and the service it provides to your family.

Although volunteering at your child’s school is a great way to support your child’s education, overscheduling yourself may have a negative impact if you aren’t available to assist your child with homework, a project, or studying. Keep this in mind as you consider the opportunities to get involved at school.

Most schools offer a variety of ways for parents to get involved, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Join the parent-teacher association (PTA). Get involved with the PTA (it may be called something different) at your child’s school. These organizations are often key channels of information within the school and provide a great way for you to connect with teachers and other parents.

  • Take the lead on a fundraiser. Contact your child’s teacher to find out whether you can help organize an upcoming fundraiser. Schools are constantly raising money to buy new books, technology, and other resources. This is a great way to improve the resources available in your child’s class or school.

  • Lend your skills for special projects. Don’t be afraid to offer up any skills or experience you may have. Schools often need assistance with building projects, artwork, graphic design, and other projects that require special skill sets. If you think you can help out, contact your child’s school.

  • Help the coach or sponsor of the sport or organization in which your child is involved. Play an active role in your child’s sports teams and other extracurricular organizations. If your schedule allows for you to regularly attend after-school events, volunteer to work in the concession stand, take tickets, or take on any other responsibilities associated with the event.

Before you can get involved in school activities that involve other children, you will probably have to complete a background check, drug test, and other paperwork required by the school. Be sure to plan ahead and take care of these requirements ahead of time so you aren’t delayed in helping with your child’s team or organization.

  • Offer to help with test administration. Reach out to see whether your help is needed during the administration of standardized tests. Schools often need help counting test materials, pencils, rulers, calculators, and other items used during testing. Parents and community members are also sometimes needed as proctors to help teachers monitor the classrooms.

  • Organize a donation drive for books or materials. Be proactive in addressing needs that arise at your child’s school. This may include sponsoring a drive to collect books, school supplies, or other materials the teachers need. Most schools have policies on taking donations from parents and community members, so check with your child’s teachers or administrators before collecting anything you intend to donate.