I remember when Scarlet started kindergarten, and I thought I “wasn’t the type” to get involved with the school. Boy, was I wrong about that! Now with two kids going into 2nd and 5th grades, I’ve found simple and powerful ways to get involved – even when I can’t be in the classroom.
The transition was harder for me than most when she entered kindergarten, but we grew together, and she did beautifully during her first elementary school year. Although my nervousness kept me a little off to the side for most of that year, I was ready for a change when she started first grade. I was ready to connect with the teachers and staff, plan play dates, donate time and money, go to school plays and concerts, and have school lunch with Scarlet at least once. And now with two kids in elementary school, I’ve found ways to help the classrooms.
Now, let’s talk about Box Tops for Education!
Did you clip Box Tops as a kid as well? We used to make awesome robot boxes to collect them, because my mom is an art teacher. Actually that was one of my favorite crafts as a kid. Well I can still make robot boxes, but I don’t have to for Box Tops, because they have gone digital! Whoa! And Sam’s Club is offering an exclusive offer of Buy 1, Get 12 on eligible General Mills and Nestle™” products. That way you can stock up on all your favorite snacks for back to school using an amazing offer.
What We Bought:
- Nestle™ Pure Life Water Bottles
Honey Nut Cheerios 48oz
Cinnamon Toast Crunch 49.5oz
Mott’s Fruit Shapes 90ct
Box Tops are going digital!
Earn 12 when you purchase 1, exclusively at Sam’s Club!
Box Tops For Education: How to Support Your Child’s Classroom:
When we moved here, we had heard the public schools were fantastic. That isn’t why we moved here, but since I was six months pregnant with my first at the time, it didn’t hurt. We do love her little school, and I’m excited that Des started kindergarten there two years ago. Like many schools in many communities, our school needs our help. It simply cannot run on its own – without love and support from the students, the families, and the community. I became the “involved type”!
Here’s how we help:
1 – Join the club. PTA, PTO, school council, etc. There is a time commitment for sure, so if you don’t think you’re cut out for the clubs/committees, you can attend the school board meetings. You will be able to provide your own input and get an inside view of how the school board works, and how it makes decisions that affect your community’s schools.
2 – Share your time and talents. I’m a photographer and have thought about teaching a photography club or class. Even if you’re not teaching a club or activity, call the school and see if any of the clubs your children have joined are in need of transportation, supplies, or planning help. Chances are that you can help. You can also volunteer to share your profession or hobby with a classroom demonstration or a small group activity. Parents can also volunteer to read to children.
3 – You can work as a library helper or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library. You can help with putting back library books and helping children pick out books to take home for the week.
More tips below:
4 – Be a chaperone on Field Day or on a field trip. At my daughter’s school, we can also accompany the kids on a trip to a local vernal pool, or help with the school garden. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and the help is appreciated.
5 – Participate in Box Tops For Education. It really is incredible. Want to read more? Check it out.
There has been no greater joy to me than watching Scarlet and Des flourish when they’re with me, but also importantly, when they’re away from me. I love to watch them grow, learn and discover, and then I get to see all of the changes happening. It’s been a summer of growth, learning, and discovery with fireflies, cooking, birthdays, a new kitten, Cape Cod, New Jersey, pony rides, summer camp, water play, grandparents time, running, climbing, and so much more.