Teachers are the silent heroes of our community. They’re not only teaching the future generations, but they’re also all-round educators who guide, help, and support your kids in more than one way. Their job isn’t just to teach your child their subject matter, but it’s to mold their minds so they can become our future leaders.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic going on, many students and teachers were forced to continue the educational year from home. Many parents were forced to help with homeschooling their kids as well. If anything, this has shown many people that a teacher’s job is not as simple. Which is why they need your support now more than ever. Before the pandemic, a teacher’s job was underrated. After we pass through this global pandemic, communities need to support each other more than ever, so they can rise back up again.
You can discuss how you’ll be able to pitch in with your local neighborhood, the other parents in the PTA, or even if you’re part of a neighborhood support group or local church.
For a little inspiration, here are the many ways you can support your local school:
Believe it or not, if your local school is a public one, then most of those schools don’t provide their teachers with proper funding because they don’t have it. A passionate teacher would always like to make their classroom and the students in it feel welcome, and they definitely wouldn’t want them to feel like they’re missing out on anything. And so, they would always spend money from their own pockets to get supplies, educational tools, and any other requirements they’ll need.
These tools are usually in high demand and they tend to be very expensive. One thing you can certainly help out with is by donating educational supplies. You can easily find resources for education that will aid teachers at your local schools online. Whether they’re lab equipment, teacher resources, classroom technology, or new student textbooks, they will definitely come in handy. And as a plus side, a teacher won’t have to burn a hole in their pocket.
Volunteer Your Time
If you can spare one hour a week to volunteer at your local school, it will help them out more than you know. Some local schools are severely understaffed, and many of its teachers are overworked. So they’re always looking for community helpers to aid them with any kind of activity whether educational or not.
You can volunteer to tutor kids who are falling behind, sign up to become a chaperone at school events or field trips, or even help out at the school library or the school office. It will give you instant gratification as you’re helping your local community grow. Not to mention that will be highly appreciated by the school’s administration and its teachers.
Give Back to the Teachers
No one is as generous as a teacher is. They give up their time and energy to help their students make it across the finish line. They give them endless love and support, and everything they do comes from the heart. So why not agree with your local community to give back to these silent heroes?
You can consider stocking up their teacher’s lounge with snacks, coffee, or even donate a comfy sofa. Consider also getting them a brand new coffee machine to help them get through their day. You can organize and end-of-the-year lunch in honor of these teachers, or even give each one a symbolic gift or a gesture from your community.
Join the School’s Board or PTA
Running a school is not easy. If you’re a parent who has no idea what goes on behind your kid’s education, now is the time. There are so many important decisions that need to be made, and getting a parent’s input is often necessary.
Many local schools have a school board that takes care of educational policies. Consider joining one of these organizations, councils, or boards to help in the decision-making process. You can give your opinion, offer solutions, and help build your local community. You can also join the school’s PTA and get in touch with other parents. These connections get you involved with the school’s culture and environment.
You can add a lot to your local school by just supporting it. Whatever you decide to volunteer and provide, be it your donations, time, or energy, it will definitely make your community grow and become a stronger unit. At the end of the day, schools will be able to function much better in a community that is nurturing and embracing. Use the aforementioned tips to lend a hand, or even ask your local school what they’re missing or what they’re in need of. It’s always a way to start.