How to attract parent volunteers into your classroom
Posted on August 21, 2014.
Parent volunteers can be one of the best ways to achieve your goals for the school year. There may be various events and projects that you wish to accomplish for your students, but cannot find the time or resources to do it on your own. We have a variety of ideas to help you attract parent volunteers.
Parents can help with a lot of activities, including:
- Helping with school activities and events
- Assisting with homework
- Tutoring in maths or science
- Reading to small groups
- Preparing for larger projects
The easiest way to attract parent volunteers is to invite them! Many parents have no idea that help is needed in the classroom unless you invite them to help. Many are happy to come in and lend a helping hand whenever they can.
Sending out a letter to the parents can be effective. Tell them what you are looking for and then ask them to share their time with you in any way that they can. Always be positive and make sure parents know how much it means to have their help and support.
Offer an incentive to bring parent volunteers in. When you have an open day to meet the parents and students, offer food and drinks, and make it fun. While everyone is socialising, mention that you would love to have a pool of volunteers to pull from throughout the year so that you can do more for the students. Always emphasise that the help you get is to benefit their children.
Provide different ways for parents to help. Some may be able to come into the classroom during the day while others may not be able to do that. Have various types of projects that parents can help with – even if it is a kit that you can send home with students for parents to print, cut out, or do something that can then be used for a larger project inside the classroom.
You should always follow school policies and guidelines regarding background checks and other details when you bring parent volunteers on. Once they have filled out all of the necessary paperwork and you have checked them out, you can bring them on board and get the help that you need.
When you get help from parent volunteers, you can do more and be more for your students. You can create amazing projects and events when you have volunteers at your side, and the idea of taking on a project is not so overwhelming. If you ask, most parents are happy to do anything they can to see that their kids are learning and get involved in their academics.