Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Stay Involved with Your Child's School

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Stay Involved with Your Child's School

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Q My son just started first grade and I want to be involved in his school as much as I can. Since I work fulltime, I may not be able to go on class trips. But there must be other ways to stay connected.

-CK., Royal Oak, MI

A Yes, there are, and schools are getting much more creative about making volunteering feasible for working parents. Here are some new as well as tried and true ways to be involved.

By this time of the school year, you've probably already attended the first big parent-teacher night. Continue to show your interest by making sure that you or your spouse attend as many parent meetings as you can. This is a situation where "just showing up" means a lot. And these days most PTAs are holding their meetings at night to accommodate working parents.

You might also try to bring your child to school in the morning every once in a while or pick him up, or come to a class play or another event during the day. If there's a performance or a game that your child is in and you absolutely can't attend, get someone else to take your place. Tape or photograph the activity and have your child describe it to you in his own words.

You may also have valuable skills to donate. Are you good at fundraising? …

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