volunteering at daughter's school

I knew when my daughter started kindergarten that I wanted to be involved with her school. I checked the PTO committees and even went to a meeting, but nothing clicked. I also looked at the part-time positions available on the school website. Still nothing.

Then, a few weeks after school started, volunteer forms came home. Yes. This was something I could do. Something I wanted to do. I signed up to help in the classroom and library.

Today was my second time in the classroom. I’m just doing little things like math folders, cutting out trees for a Fall project, and helping with numbers and letters. Slowly I’m putting faces to all of the names my daughter talks about at home. I even got to tag along when she went to reading group.

I remember talking about volunteering with a friend one day and she replied: “Do it! Even if you have to take time off from work. You won’t regret it.” I’m starting to understand her enthusiasm. In a few weeks, I’ll be in the library helping kindergartners choose books. I just know it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Have you volunteered at your child’s school? Share your experiences in the comments!

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4 Responses to going back to kindergarten

  1. Lisa says:

    Be careful Julie! Once you go, you’ll never want to leave. Look at what happened to me! I could seriously be a kindergartner forever and never get tired of it!

  2. Julie S says:

    Good for you! I know your mind is probably working overtime thinking up cool projects the kids can do. They are lucky to have you as a volunteer! :)

  3. Mary Kay Baker says:

    Now you’re following in your mother’s footsteps. Funny how cyclical things are. Enjoy!

  4. Heather Keating says:

    Hi Julie!
    I LOVED volunteering in Sydney’s Kindergarten class (now she is in 6th grade – sigh) and look forward to it again for Morgan’s class – she is finally in Kindergarten! I worked from home on the days I volunteered and it was a great experience. I helped cut out little books the kids read, assemble items for projects they would do later in the day, divide up their homework, pack their folders with flyers, whatever the teacher needed help with that particular day.
    It was so rewarding to see them in action, not just to hear about her day afterwards. I truly enjoyed it & volunteered again when Sydney was in 1st grade. After that, the teachers don’t usually need the parents help too much – they get the kids to volunteer (at least in Sydney’s school) so, I would jump on the opportunities while they present themselves! Have fun!
    Miss you guys!
    Heather