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As we are getting into the swing of the new school year, you may be wondering how you can get involved at Dallas Christian. Whether your kids are kindergarteners or high school seniors, there are many ways you can volunteer and research now shows that it has long-lasting benefits for your child as well.

A recent article published in the Wall Street Journal that states, “Fewer parents are volunteering at their children’s schools, just as new research reveals it yields broader benefits for students than previously believed. These range from higher student grades and test scores to more positive peer relationships in middle school and lower rates of depression in high school.” Helping teachers can lend insight into your children’s academic and social skills, making it easier to aid their progress, says Dr. Wonnacott, a Riverton, Utah, mother of four who also blogs on parenting issues.

Getting involved is a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education. It also sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause. Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community. They also show their kids the importance of participating in the larger community. Working with teachers, administrators, and other parents will help you understand your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change — all without intruding on their privacy or personal space. Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school.

Parental impact endures longer than many might expect. Students whose parents set high educational expectations for them, and also attended PTA meetings and parent-teacher conferences, tended to have higher grades at high school graduation, according to a 10-year study of 15,240 students published in 2016. They also attained more years of formal education in the ensuing decade.

How Do I Get Started?

One of the best starting points for getting involved is by joining our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). We are blessed to have a talented group of servants that always have creative ideas on ways to help the school. You can also ask your child’s teacher directly if there is anything you can do to help in that specific classroom. Remember that volunteering not only benefits your kids. It helps the classroom, the whole school, and the community by giving students positive interaction, support, and encouragement.

 

If you want more information about how you can get involved, contact our PTO at pto@dallaschristian.com

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