Easy Ways to Help Your School is part of a Campbell’s Labels for Education #Labels4Edu campaign hosted by the shopper social media company Collective Bias #CollectiveBias #shop. These are my ideas and my opinons.
Now that the kiddos are back in school, it’s time to think about how to spend your extra time. Have you considered using some of that time to help your school? Whether you are a parent of school-aged children or not, you have something to offer your local schools. I’ve compiled a list of easy ways that you can help out.
Some of us have lots of free time, some of us have only a little, and some of us seem to have none at all! No matter how much or how little time you have to spare, I have some ideas that I hope are just right for you!
How to Donate Your Time
Ideas will vary from teacher to teacher, but here are a few ideas for volunteering inside the classroom:
- Be a room parent
- Decorate the classroom door
- Help with class parties
- Help during centers so that the teacher can work with children one-on-one
- Make copies
- Sharpen pencils (You won’t believe how much time this can take!)
Can’t help during school hours? Work with your child’s teacher to get some of these projects to complete at home:
- Grade papers
- Prep materials for a classroom projects (laminating, cutting out, etc)
- Plan a party or event for a classroom unit
Here are some great places to volunteer at the school, but outside of the classroom:
- Help in the lunchroom
- Supervise the kids on the playground
- Decorate bulletin boards throughout the school
- Shelve books in the school library
- Sort leveled library books to send home with kids
How to Donate Your Talents
Help with the School Arts and Athletics Programs
Do to funding issues, many schools don’t have art, music or P.E. teachers. That means that the classroom teacher is responsible for teaching those subjects in addition to the academics. If you have a talent in one or more of those areas, take your talents to the schools!
If art or music is your thing, offer to teach a class or grade once or twice a month. When my youngest was in 1st and 2nd grade, the school didn’t have art. I loved going in every other week to teach an art lesson to her class! If athletics are more your thing, offer to run a PE class for the kids once a week. The teachers and students will love it!
How to Donate Your Money
Ouch! Didn’t that sound painful? Nobody likes to part with money, but for many, its the best way (and sometimes the only way) to help.
Not everyone can donate time. Another great way to help your school is to support their fundraising efforts. It’s as easy as going to the school carnival or buying a little bit of wrapping paper or cookies when the kids come door to door. (I would actually rather donate directly to the school than buy stuff I don’t need, but that’s just me!)
How to Donate Your Labels for Education
This one’s painless.
Did you know that by collecting UPCs and drink caps, you can earn points to be redeemed for arts, athletics and academic merchandise for your school? With 2,500 participating products, you may have many of these items in your home already! Want to see the list of items? You can find them all here. All you have to do is collect the UPCs and send them to school with your kids. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
If you don’t have kiddos in school, simply drop you UPCs and drink caps off at any of your local schools. (Just check in the office to find out if they participate in the program.) Right now, you can help the schools even more by entering to win $1000 for your school at the Labels for Education website. (1000 schools will win $1000 each!) It’s simple to enter on behalf of your school.
I headed over to Walmart to see how many labels for education items I could find that I already buy, and I found a ton! My favorite find was Gold Fish Puffs–Did you know they are gluten free? Score! I also love the V8 Juice. It’s the secret ingredient in my French onion beef stew!
If you love couponing like I do, Campbell’s Labels for Education has a secret benefit for you. Their site includes coupons for many of their participating projects. I hopped over there just now and found a few coupons for tomorrow’s shopping trip!
Looking for more ideas? How about these?
- Join the PTA or PTO
- Become a Tutor
- Attend School Board meetings and share your input
- Chaperone Field Trips
- Sign Up to be a Substitute Teacher!
How do you help at your school? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Need more ideas for back to school? Check out some of my favorites. (Images below are linked.)