Studies show that parent attitudes and actions have a positive effect on their children’s academic success, and it has been consistently reported that children with parents involved in their education and schools earn better grades, score higher on tests, and much more.
The reasons that parent involvement increases student success are many—in itself, simply letting a child know you care and are invested enough to be involved in his day-to-day school life sends a clear message about the value of school and education.
We encourage you get involved with St. Barnabas and dedicate your time and talents – here are just a few reasons why!
- Your child benefits. Research consistently shows that kids whose parents are involved in their schools do better. They get better grades, do better on tests and have fewer discipline problems.
- Volunteering offers tangible ways to be part of things. Sometimes we might mean well, but our busy lives get in the way of committing. Joining a parent group will provide concrete ways to get involved, whether at events, in the classroom, or on a committee.
- It’s rewarding and feels great to participate! It’s seeing the smile that shows we’re making school a little more fun—and a child feel a little more comfortable in a learning environment. It is knowing we played a role. There are many rewards, both big and small, for those who get involved.
- You’ll get to know other parents and make great friends. It’s powerful to create a circle of adult friends around your school and parish, and having a shared interest is a good place to start. What’s more, it can help foster connections between families in your parish and community. Volunteering provides another way to get to know school and support staff to better understand their needs and ideas. Meet nice people who share your concerns.
- Your help is always needed. Whether it’s helping run the next big event or providing support in the classroom, there are always ways to pitch in. There is a lot to be done. Help is needed more than ever to fill the gaps.
- It’s a manageable commitment. Volunteering can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Any and all your efforts are appreciated.
- It’s fun! We accomplish a lot, and not everything we do is easy. But we know what we do makes a difference. We do not take ourselves too seriously, and we try to enjoy ourselves along the way whenever possible.
- You can tailor volunteering to play to your strengths. Within the PTU, school community or parish there are many ways to contribute, some of which are sure to complement your strengths, interests, or professional skills.
- Have a great idea? Volunteering gives you opportunities to get your ideas out there.
- Volunteering provides another way to get to know school and support staff to better understand their needs and ideas.
Ready to get involved? Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to learn more and sign up online.