Benefits of getting involved:
Getting involved is a great way to show your C.C. Roadrunners that you take an interest in their education, even if they aren't your own children. It also sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause. Anyone from our community can get involved!
Parent volunteers are essential to organizing and chaperoning these events and other school activities.
Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community.
Working with teachers, administrators, and other parents will help you understand your child's daily activities. You'll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change — all without intruding on their privacy or personal space.
Even if you haven't been involved in the past, it's never too late to start.
How Do I Get Started?
If you have something to offer or just want to help out in whatever way you can, talk about it with teachers. They might arrange something with you personally or direct you to a department head or administrator who can answer your questions and make suggestions. It's also a good idea to join the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or parents' advisory council. See their page on the C.C. Ring Roadrunner website!
Here are some of the ways a parent volunteer can help:
- act as a classroom helper
- mentor or tutor students
- help children with special needs
- volunteer in a school computer lab
- help organize, cater, or work at fundraising activities such as bake sales or car washes
- act as a lunchroom or playground monitor
- help to plan and chaperone field trips, track meets, and other events that take place away from the school
- help to plan and chaperone in-school events (dances, proms, or graduation ceremonies)
- organize or assist with a specific club or interest group (if you have an interest in an activity that isn't currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a chess club or cycling team)
- assist coaches and gym teachers with sports and fitness programs or work in the school concession stand at sporting events
- help the school administrators prepare grant proposals, letter-writing campaigns, or press releases, or help with other administrative needs
- attend school board meetings
- work as a library assistant or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library
- sew costumes or build sets for theatrical and musical productions
- work with the school band or orchestra or coach music students one-on-one
- help out with visual arts, crafts, and design courses and projects
- hold a workshop for students in trade or technical programs
- spend some time with a specific club or interest group (ask the teacher who sponsors the group)
- volunteer to speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you'd like to share
- supervise or judge experiments at a science fair
Remember that not everyone is suited for the same type of involvement.
You may have to "try on" a few activities before you find something that feels right.
If you need ideas, ask your child's teacher, who will likely be glad to help you think of something!