“This is a sponsored post with compensation received from General Mills. As always, all opinions are my own..”
When our children attend a public school, sometimes it’s hard to know how to help our schools be successful.
Today I’m going to share 14 different ideas you can use to help your child’s school. Whether it be by volunteering in the classroom, donating supplies or correcting papers, there is something we can all do to help our children’s schools and classrooms be more successful.
1. Save Box Tops for Education when you go shopping. Our children’s teachers don’t always ask for donations or supplies. At some schools, they aren’t allowed to ask for help and most of the time the kids supplies get paid for by the teacher. This is why Box Tops for Education is so important.
Box Tops help schools do more. They help provide outdoor equipment, classroom tools and more helping the kids succeed and get outside and active. Active kids are healthy kids. All you need to do is clip those little Box Tops off the products that you already buy for your family. It’s so easy!
Care for your school by clipping Box Tops all year while you’re shopping.
CVS makes it easier for you to care for your family and your child’s classroom with everything you need to keep your kids healthy. We love to shop for back to school supplies at CVS because of the ExtraBucks Rewards we earn while shopping. And guess what? From August 20th to the 27th if you spend $30 on participating Box Tops, you get $10 ExtraBucks reward! That’s an awesome deal!
You can look for collection drives for your child’s school or even a school in your area on the Box Tops for Education website.
Look for collection drives from your child’s school, a school in your area, or just find a drive that
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I love to take the kids “Park Hopping” where we go and try out all the different parks around our area. When we are getting ready to leave for the park I tell the kids to head to the pantry and grab some snacks and water bottles. The kids will stay and play longer if they have a snack to tide them over. We love Nature Valley Protein Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Chewy Bars and and the New Granola Cups, peanut butter and chocolate of course!
These snacks keep the kids full for a longer period of time and they help them play hard and stay active. My kids really loved them when we went to the park today.
Just look at that face! He wasn’t too sure about the protein and dark chocolate but when he tasted it, we was hooked!
We love to be outside in nature and staying physically active. Taking the kids to the park is a sneaky way to keep them active. They just think they are playing, but I know that they are staying healthy by playing outside with friends. The bottom of the slide is a great place to take a break in the shade and eat a snack. Ha ha!
So what are some other ways we can help our children’s school?
2. Share your time and talents. Teachers love it when they know the different talents the parents of their students have. Are you an animated story teller? Are you good at organizing? Teachers always are in need of parent volunteers to help with small group activities, reading to children or correcting papers. If there is something special you would be able to teach a class (singing, drawing, painting, cooking etc.) tell the teacher you would love to help out.
3. Help with the Science Fair. If science is your love, you would be a great person to volunteer to be a judge or even organize or supervise the science fair.
4. Help with a newsletter. If you have good computer skills you would be a school’s dream. You can volunteer to create a newsletter every month for the school to keep parents informed on all the activities. If you are a web designer you can help with the school web site.
5. Get involved with your schools PTA or PTO. There are so many things parents can do when involved with their child’s PTA or PTO. You get an inside view on how your child’s school works. Learn more about this HERE.
6. Help at the school’s events. Not only volunteer your time at the event as a chaperone, but help plan them. This is where being a member of the PTA comes in. They are usually in charge of these events. If you aren’t a member of the PTA, let them know that you wan to help out. They will be more than happy for the extra help. Things like the carnival, dances, ceremonies, dance festivals . . . they all need extra help with these.
7. Help make the school more beautiful. Organize a school clean up day where everyone comes and helps make the school more beautiful. Clean the outside windows, pick up garbage, help plant new shrubbery or flowers. Just do anything to make it look a little better. The kids will appreciate their school and treat it better if they are active in keeping beautiful.
8. Help out at the school library. There are so many things that need to be done in the library, the school librarian would love some extra help. You can also be a story teller for when classrooms come in. That’s a really fun job!
9. Donate supplies. Have you ever been at the store and have seen an amazing deal on office supplies, but you didn’t buy any because you didn’t need them? Well grab a bunch for the school. I guarantee they will find a room that can use them, even if your child’s teacher doesn’t need them. Do you have a closet full of notebooks that you won’t ever use? Send them to the school!
10. Are you a writer? You can help the school administrators write press releases, write campaigns, post on social media, or prepare grant proposals. You’re talents are needed!
11. Assist coaches. There are usually so many students in the gym during PE that the PE teacher needs an extra set of hands. This is another great job to get you up and physically active.
12. Can you sew, paint or build things? Why not help repair or create costumes for the school play? If you are an artist you would be great at creating back drops for a play. If you have a million power tools, volunteer to help build sets for the plays and musicals.
13. Speak at career day. If you have an interesting job, let the kids know about it. Kids need as many mentors as they can get. It takes a village to raise a child and the more job options kids know about, the brighter their future is.
14. Organize a club that you can facilitate. If you have an interest in an activity that isn’t currently available to students, offer to help get a group started.
When volunteering in your child’s school, be sure you ask a few questions.
1. How long of a commitment are you making.
2. Is there a financial commitment? Will I be providing supplies?
3. Is the activity approved by the school?
4. Is this an activity that you can follow through with?
5. Do I have the resources and patience to work with children?
If you are still not sure what you can do to help, ask your child’s teacher. He/She will be able to find something for you to do for sure!
Be sure as you are shopping at CVS you are looking for the special General Mills products that are participating in the rewards program.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CVS Box Tops for Education. The opinions and text are all mine.
*Offer valid 8/20/17 – 8/27/17. $30 worth of participating General Mills BTFE products must be purchased in a single transaction with CVS card in order to receive 10 CVS ExtraBucks automatically at checkout. Net purchase determined after all discounts, offers and coupons. Each box top is worth 10 cents to redeeming school when clipped from box tops products and sent to the redeeming school. Only BTFE registered schools can redeem box tops. Limit $20,000 per school per year for box tops redeemed through the clip program. See www.boxtopsforeducation.com for program details.