I have always wanted to be more involved with my son’s school, but since I have more than one kiddo, it is hard to actually get up there to volunteer sometimes. I have made it to a couple of events after arranging childcare, but this year it has been a little tougher with a baby under the age of 1.
Thankfully our school has been flexible with volunteer opportunities, and our family has done things after hours, donated books, and other family members have stepped up as well to help out. However, I wanted to do more.
Since pre-k, we have been clipping Box Tops for Education and sending them up to the school. Not until last year did I realize how much of an impact each one of those 10 cent squares can make, especially when each family participates and turns them in. Depending upon the level of participation or the size of the student body, a school can really earn a substantial amount of money. These funds can be used toward playground equipment, supplies, field trips, or wherever the school happens to have a need financially.
Well, they happen to have an opening for the School’s Coordinator a couple of months ago, and guess who stepped up? That is right , ME! Since it was paper work mostly, I knew this was something I could do at home.
I have to admit that I was a little intimidated as first, but thanks to other awesome moms who batch the box tops up as they come in (sets of 50) and the school’s willingness to send my communications out, it has been really organized. I actually just mailed in my first group of Box Tops at the end of February, and as far as I can tell I did it correctly since the check is scheduled to be mailed! Plus, we had an increase over the amount that was collected last year, so I am really excited!
So how do you get involved with your child’s school? Do you clip Box Tops for Education or happen to be a Coordinator? I would love to hear from you!