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Parent involvement primer

If you'd like to get involved at your child's school but aren't sure where to start, you've come to the right place.

By GreatSchools Staff

Is there a problem at your school that you're wondering how to fix?

Are you looking for new ways to raise money for your child's school? Or are you more interested in improving academic achievement than fundraising? Whatever your interest or concern, there is a way to be involved in your child's school.

These resources from Greatschools will help you explore your volunteer options, get inspired, and start making a difference.

Explore your options: Roles for parents

The Role of the PTA

The Role of the School Site Council

What Makes a Great Parent

Powerful Parents Transform Schools

School Improvement Begins at Home

Take the first step: Tips to get you started

Ten Easy Ways to Help Your Child's School

Top 10 Tips for Classroom Volunteers

Making a Difference at Your Child's School

How to Stay Involved in Middle and High School

Bright Ideas From Our Readers: One Hour Volunteer Ideas

Find help: Reliable resources

Online Resources for Parent Involvement

Raising Money for Your School

The Parent Institute for Quality Education

Three Parents Who Made a Difference at Their Schools

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

02/25/2010:
"It inspires me to hear about parent's involvement in their child's school! I am so happy to read that. I am trying to find out what I can do in order to be more involved with my children's schools. I know it would mean a lot to them. "
10/9/2009:
"OPERATION N.O., A PROJECT OF PRESSLINE ENTERTAINMENT IS WORKING TO CREATE A POSITIVE CHANGE IN A NEW ORLEANS HIGH SCHOOL "
07/7/2009:
"i am a grandparent of a new freshman and i want to get involved he is in the home of a single parent all information i've learned so far is great looking forward to the new school year"
05/8/2009:
"Thanks for this information. I wanted to be a part of my daughter's school but didn't know how. This information will definitely help. "
03/20/2009:
"This is just what I need. Very helpful information. Thank you."
11/13/2006:
"I have one comment to make about this article, and I am not trying to knock any women. However there is many Fathers that's involved in their children's school or education. I believe that Fathers shouldn't be lefted out when credit is due. Myself I can speak up for the many Fathers, due to the fact that I am a single Father, and now that my children is grow they have kids (my grandkids). I am involved in the School District here in my city, and I always say at school meetings all kids is my concern when it comes to their education and well-being. Thanks for reading this thought, and keep us alert on everything."
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