The reason is simple:
When parents are involved in their children's education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy. "
--Rabindranath Tagore(The first non-European to win Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.)
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help others in need and improve your health and happiness.
Volunteering requires the sacrifice of one’s time, energy and service without expecting anything in return. One of the greatest characteristics of a volunteer is their selflessness, and it does not go unnoticed.
Why volunteer at school?
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" - Helen Keller
Researchers have been studying the effects parent attitudes and actions have on their children's academic success for more than 30 years. The results have been consistent. Anne Henderson and Nancy Berla summed it up in their book A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement, which reviewed the existing research: "When parents are involved in their children's education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better."
Some of the other reasons are lack of funding, state and federal requirements, parents’ rights, and teachers' rights
We are asking each family to contribute 'EIGHT HOURS FOR THEIR CHILD', during one school year.
Revisiting the contract, which we all signed when our kids joined Faria Elementary school:
REGISTRATION CONTRACT (Copy of the contract signed by parents)
As a Faria A+ parent, I understand that it is my responsibility to:
3. Commitment to volunteer at Faria A+: It is mandatory that each Faria family contribute a minimum of 8 hours every school year to support school and parent organization related activities, including, but not limited to: chaperoning field trips; preparing and running classroom parties; preparing classroom materials; providing support in the library or computer lab; performing traffic duty; and helping to run FEEF events. Parents may also choose to serve on the FEEF or School Site Council boards.
To review the full contract, please click on the link below -
We need volunteers to make our school successful for our kids. As stated in the contract, each family needs to do eight hours of volunteering per school year. We have realized that if each family puts in eight hours (average one hour per month), we will meet our goal. Often, parents are enthusiastic about volunteering but do not know where to start. We are here to help you with that process.