This post is brought to you by VolunteerSpot & Bing for Schools.
We are all so busy during the school year, it’s nuts crazy.
And it seems like the older our kids get, the more we have to juggle.
Many of us know how important it is for us to support our kids’ schools through fundraising, attending events, and volunteering–but it’s tough.
I know that especially when the kids were little, it was all I could do to get the kids to school, let alone worry about volunteering or fundraising.
I brought blinged-out waterbottles to a Teacher Appreciation luncheon because at the time, it was all I could do.
I’m thankful, now, that there are tons of ways that parents can help support their kids’ schools no matter what their situation is. But when it comes to organizing fundraisers and school events, there are some things that you have to keep in mind if you want the program to work.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Earn Money for Your School (& Get Parents to Events!)–What You Need to Know:
These may seem like two separate entities–fundraising and attendance–but they’re really pretty closely related when you think about it.
Above all, everything schools do when it comes to these things must be easy, inviting, and relevant.
- Keep it easy. Fundraisers must have simple directions. One or two steps. Parents want to look at it, take some action, and be done with it. Events have to be easy–we don’t want to have to bring a million things to an event. We want to put it on our calendar and come as we are.
- Inviting. Fundraisers have to be interesting and welcoming–things we want to look at and support–which is why the delivery is super important. That first impression makes a difference. So even simple flyers sent home from school with the kids should be appealing to the eyes and be free of spelling or grammatical errors. Dates, times, and prices should be correct.
- Relevant. We are more likely to buy products that will help us or our children in some way, shape or form. Events have to be the same. We want healthy kids and families, so let’s not sell a bunch of junk food or candy, right?
And for parents, the important thing to remember is that no matter where you are in the world–whether you’re working full-time or part-time, whether you’re married or single, whether you’ve got all kids in school or only one–there is a job for you. There is some way you can help in your child’s school.
It’s critical that those parents doing the organizing and volunteering make it crystal clear that there is a need and a place for every parent at every school.
- help in the school media center;
- make copies for teachers;
- create bulletin boards;
- collect Box Tops;
- manage field trips;
- organize assemblies;
- serve on the board or as a committee chair;
- attend events;
- start your own after school club;
- be a room parent;
- share a board position with a friend;
- manage the school website;
- help with social media accounts;
- work on the school garden or courtyard;
- coordinate school and community partnerships;
- manage dinners out restaurant nights;
- organize Teacher Appreciation Week events;
- and more.
The possibilities are endless, and of course, they depend on your school and your administration’s permission and interest.
It’s just a matter of sharing your strengths with your parent-teacher organization and using your own creativity to design a way you can help.
Want to check out a few more ways you can earn money for your school and get parents to events?
Check it out: How to Raise More Money for Your School–Boosting Fundraiser Turnout & Profits for your School-Parent Group
The webinar focus: Participants will learn how to pick the right combination of fundraisers for your school-parent group, boost turnout with Social Media, and ultimately RAISE MORE MONEY for school! With a special presentation by Bing, participants will also learn about easy ways parents can earn rewards for their school throughout the year to receive cutting edge education technology.
Facilitator: VolunteerSpot founder and CEO, Karen Bantuveris – seasoned speaker – school fundraising and parent-participation expert.
Go ahead–forward this post to your PTA or PTO board, to your room parent or fundraising chair, and start making some serious change in your school community!
And let me know–what’s your favorite way to help in your kids’ school–right now?
fyi: I am a longtime friend and supporter of VolunteerSpot who sponsored this post. As always, opinions and ideas are all my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator.