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Why Do I Volunteer?

I’m busy.  Like all of you out there, I work, I have a family, I have hobbies I like to do in my free time.  As a parent, my plate is overflowing like potluck day.  And still my school asks me to do community volunteering for my child every year.

It seems overwhelming at the beginning of the year to consider those twenty hours that our family commits.  But the social, academic and emotional success of my kids is important to me so I don’t hesitate.  Because when a teacher asks for a special visit to the classroom, or to chaperone a field trip, or cut out papers for a project, the people it’s benefiting are my children.  And there is nothing I wouldn’t do for them .

Now, before you say that you’re all on board with helping your child but what can you possibly contribute, consider the five following reasons why community service at Mile High Academy is so important and the pivotal role you play (and how you can do it without pulling your hair out).

It takes each of us working together – Creating and maintaining a positive and nurturing school environment is all about the people that are working together towards that goal.  While teachers and administrators are responsible for providing enriching academics and professional support, school should be more than just a place where textbooks are handed out and good grades are expected.

Instead, at MHA we want a tight knit community of service oriented families who dedicate their time and resources to building a solid foundation of support.  This creates a lasting impression on staff and students alike.

Planning events, organizing fundraisers, donating time and energy to cleaning up and beautifying the campus, and using professional and personal connections to benefit the school takes some serious manpower. Your child’s school is the community and you, my friend, are a part of that community, so let’s work together.

It doesn’t take much – Maybe you work full time. Maybe you run a home business.  Maybe you just want to take a nap every once in a while when the baby is sleeping.  I know, I’ve been there.  A lot of our parents are in the same boat as you so don’t feel alone, ever.  That’s the great part, we have each other.  When it comes to helping out, a little can really go a long way. Spending once a week or even once a month making copies, distributing fliers, sending out emails, or painting posters takes the edge off of someone else who’s probably already doing more than their fair share. So check your calendar and figure out how much time you can really devote to service in your child’s classroom and then commit to it.  We’ll all help together.

You have a talent that we need – I don’t bake or craft so I avoid those service projects all together.  But if the teacher needs me to tell a story in the classroom or help out with homework I’m there.  I’m honest with the teachers about where I can be the most help.  You can be as well.  They appreciate whatever you have to offer because when you use your gifts you contribute so much more.  In other words, don’t sign up for something you’ll just hate doing in the long run, do something you love and you’ll do it with passion.

Your child will be so grateful – Yes, I know my child will have a great time whether I’m there or not but I love the smile on their faces when I’m in the classroom.  There’s nothing better.  School is so much more than just drop-off and pick-up.  The majority of teacher wish list items, book fairs and special events are organized and implemented by volunteers who believe your child is worth the extra effort. Helping to oversee programs, classroom events, and special projects will give your child a more meaningful school experience — plus that smile, should be motivation enough for all of us.

That feeling you get – You are one of the main reasons for your child’s great campus experience every day, and that’s a pretty great feeling.  So, even though you should do it for all of the above reasons, if for no other reason, do it because you’ll feel great after you’ve done a great service at your child’s school.  The time goes by so quickly, they’re only young for so long, spend a little of that time getting to know them where they spend their days.

So come do some community service at Mile High Academy today.  You’ll be doing your child’s school – and yourself – a good deed.

by Agape Hammond

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