We live in a society where “who you are” or “what you contribute” makes a difference. People want to see that you care about making a difference whether is on your job, in the community or with your relationships. This same concept holds true for your child’s school. Volunteering in your child’s classroom will be beneficial to you and your child’s teacher.
First, it gives parents the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with the teachers so that there can be better communication if issues may arise. Also, it gives parents a better feel on how the classroom operates, what the teachers expectations are of the children, and how well your child is adjusting.
Your participation also let’s the teacher know that you are interested in working together to educate your child and that you are not leaving the responsibility solely on the teachers. Believe it or not, a teacher’s approach may be altered due to the fact that parents do OR do not actively show interests in their child’s development. We want to get off on the right foot by letting teachers know that we appreciate them, we are here to help, AND that we also have expectations of them as well.
Volunteering at school functions also lets other teachers and administration know that you have a vested interest in the overall well-being of the school. If your child will remain in the same school over many years, this is where real relationships can be built and your voice/opinion will matter over the years.
And let’s not forget that volunteering just makes you feel good too. It’s not all about what someone can do for our child, but what we can do for the betterment of our society.