50 Ways Families & Community Members can Help Schools
Share information or advocate for the school.
33. Serve as a member of a 'telephone tree' to
distribute information quickly.
34. Write to legislators or school board members
about the school.
35. Help the school develop presence on Face book or
other social media
36. Go to a school board meeting to advocate for the
37. Help school develop, refine or maintain a presence
38. Help design a brochure or booklet about the
39. Help translate information from the school into a
language other than English.
40. Help translate at a parent-teacher conference for
people who don't speak English well.
41. Provide transportation to a parent-teacher
conference for a parent who needs a ride.
42. Write an article for publication in a magazine about
the school's activities.
43. Help arrange for a political leader (mayor, city
council, state representative, member of
Congress) to visit the school.
Increase financial resources available to the school.
44. Help write a proposal that brings new resources to
45. Donate materials to the school.
46. Arrange for a business or other organization to
donate materials to the school.
47. Help with a fundraiser for the school.
Help other parents develop their parenting skills.
48. Help teach a class for parents on ways they can be
49. Help produce a You-Tube video for parents on
ways they can be more effective parents.
50. Help write, publish, and distribute a list of
SOURCE: Center for School Change, www.centerforschoolchange.org
Come to school to assist.
Share information with a student or class about a hobby.
Share information with a student or a class about a career.
Share information with students about a country you visited or lived in.
Tutor one or a small group of students in reading, math, or other area.
Help coach an athletic team.
Help check a student's written work.
Help put out a school or classroom newsletter (can also be done at home).
Help sew or paint a display.
Help build something (such as a loft in a classroom or new playground).
Help students work on a final exhibition or project (can also be done at home or workplace).
Help answer the schools' phone.
Help plan a new playground for the school.
Help plan a theme-based presentation for students.
Help present a theme-based program for students.
Demonstrate cooking from a particular country or culture to students.
Share a particular expertise with faculty ( such as use of computers, dealing with disruptive students).
Help students plan and build an outdoor garden or other project to beautify the outside of the school.
Help coach students competing in an academic competition (such as Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solving, Math Masters).
Help bring senior citizens to school to watch a student production.
Serve on an advisory (PAC) or decision-making committee.
26. Serve on the school-wide site council.
27. Serve on a school committee that reports to the
28. Serve on a district committee representing the
29. Serve as an officer in the school's PAC.
30. Help organize a parent organization for the school.
31. Help design a parent and or student survey for the
32. Help conduct and or tabulate results of a parent
survey regarding the school.