Top Ten Reasons to Get Involved
1. Your Child Benefits – When parents get connected to the school, children do better. Research shows children whose parents are involved get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems at school.
2. We make a Difference – Our mission is to create the kind of school community where teachers and administrators can do their best work-and so can our children. We provide support and feedback for teachers in and out of the classroom. We provide resources and ideas they need. We help create learning opportunities for parents, children and staff. And we try to build the kind of supportive, caring atmosphere that makes school a safe and fun place to be for our children.
3. We pledge to honor time constraints – People are often reluctant to participate and get involved with the SEPAC because they’re afraid they will get pulled into a black hole of never-ending time commitment. That will not happen with the SEPAC. An hour or two per month or term really makes a difference. And we won’t push you to commit more than you want to or are able to.
4. We have fun – Volunteer work should not be drudgery. We accomplish a lot, and not everything we do is easy. But we know we are not balancing the national debt, either. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we try to enjoy ourselves along the way whenever possible.
5. Meet nice people who share your concerns – We all have a common bond. We care about creating the best possible educational experiences for our children. We are neighbors and peers who share many of the same experiences. And many friendships have developed as a result of those connections.
6. There’s a lot to be done – These days, schools are asked to do more with less. Our help and support is needed more than ever.
7. We can match jobs to your interests and abilities – The work we do covers a broad spectrum: filing and photocopying, planning and executing events, writing and editing, working directly with children, managing a budget and cash flow, and lots more. We encourage creative ideas, and we are thrilled to have people take on tasks that meet their skills and interests.
8. We’re welcoming – To us, there are no “outsiders.” We are people who have come together to work toward common goals. We couldn’t be happier to have you join us in working toward these goals.
9. We’re about parent involvement, not fundraising – Our number one goal is to get more parents connected to the schools. That’s because more than 300 independent research studies show that building parent involvement in education is the one thing we can do to create great schools and improve student performance.
10. This work is very rewarding – It’s seeing the bright light of learning sparkle in a child’s eye. It’s seeing the smile that shows we’re making school a little more fun-and a child feel a little more comfortable and welcomed in a learning environment. It’s learning that test scores have risen and knowing we played a role. There are lots of rewards, both big and small, for those who get involved.