Do you volunteer at your child's school?

@mommaj (22870)
United States
July 24, 2009 12:05pm CST
Do you volunteer at your child's school? I have been there several times to volunteer. What do you do when you volunteer? Does the school keep you busy for a while or is it a quick thing and you are done? I volunteered eleven minutes this morning. That was a little disappointing. I would have liked to have done something while I was there. The trip almost felt wasted.
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@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I did volunteer at kids schools when they were in school when I was able, many years with kids 15 years apart a lot of time I wasn't available because of younger kids at home but if could take them did. By the time my youngest was in school a couple years I actually started taking my 1st grandson with me from time to time :) All 4 attended same school and all had same teacher for kindergarden - the first time I had grandson at school with me she grabbed him out of my arms and had him all over the school showing off the 'son of one of her students' when I asked if she was going to teach him also - she smiled and retired the next year :)
@mommaj (22870)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Hmmmm. Was the retirement a direct reflection of teaching a child of a former student? LOL She probably decided if her former students were having children that she had been teaching way too long. LOL I wish they still had schools you could take your younger children with you if you volunteered in the classroom. LOL
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@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
25 Jul 09
LOL - really she had been 'talking' about retiring for 3 or 4 years before, just couldn't let go of 'her kids'. But I still pick on her and say I know it was just the fear of having another one of 'my kids' :) Terrific lady though, she still volunteers at the grade school helping with reading program for kids having difficulty learning to read.
@dorannmwin (36652)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I do volunteer at my daughter's school and also with her extra-curricular activities. Yes, I had to allow them to do a background check on me, but that didn't worry me at all because I knew that it would be fine. Some of the things that I've done for her class involve being a chaperone for some of their field trips. The first time I left my youngest with my mother-in-law, but when it came to the end of the year field trip, I took him with us. He had just as much fun as the kids. I would go in the school in the morning and help the children with their morning desk work. The teachers absolutely loved this. Additionally, I am on the executive board of the PTA, so that is also a volunteer role. As far as extra-curricular activities, I volunteered as the assistant Girl Scout leader for their schools troop. This was a lot of fun as I got to know several of the children and I was able to show them the love of something that I enjoyed when I was a little girl.
@mommaj (22870)
• United States
26 Jul 09
That's really great. I took my son on one of my daughter's field trips. They both enjoyed it. I was so glad the school let us do this. I don't have anyone to leave my son with so I never volunteered in her classroom. This year I might be able to in the mornings because my son will be in his class. It's nice to be able to have some time to help out at the schools.
• United States
24 Jul 09
I"m hoping to volunteer this year when my middle starts pre-k. I just hope my lil guy will cooperate and behave so that I can help out and get him a lil school experience as well. I had tried to do a trip or two but schedules and then not allowing siblings even if you bring your own vehicle made me a lil unhappy bout it.
@mommaj (22870)
• United States
24 Jul 09
It's hard to volunteer when you have non-school age children especially if you want to volunteer in the classroom. Bringing in the extra child usually becomes a distraction and the teacher and principals feel it is not fair to the students. Been there. Maybe you can help in the office or take something home with you to do. Today I put piles of printouts in the teachers' boxes. Someone had to count them for each classroom and put a teacher name on them. Maybe you could do something like that to volunteer. Some schools are just incredibly picky and worried about accidents.
@jessi0887 (2792)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I never knew you could volunteer at your local school. I know the daycare doesn't. The closest you get to volunteering is bringing snacks. Parents take turns doing that. I haven't did it in a while because I keep forgetting.
@mommaj (22870)
• United States
24 Jul 09
You can't volunteer at privately run daycares. You can only volunteer at school if you have a background check. I don't know what makes them skip over you as far as what comes back on a background check. I had a couple driving things come back on me but I'm not sure if they were at the same time as I registered. LOL Local schools love volunteers.