Parents, teachers, businesses and the community must work together to help our children succeed in
informed, positive decisions when it comes to our children’s education.
Start at Home!
Although sales on school supplies abound, it’s easy to wind up spending too much. Use the following
pointers to navigate bargains, cut costs and lock in savings for years to come.
You might be surprised by how many supplies are already in your house. Send the kids on a scavenger
hunt; whoever finds the most items on the teacher’s list get a prize.
Take a Detour in the Supermarket!
Come July, grocery stores and drugstores use smaller school supplies to lure shoppers. Last year,
for example, stores nationwide marked down certain products, including a 10-pack of markers, which
typically go for $2 to $3, to $1 each.
So when you’re picking up things to make dinner, check the isles for discounted school supplies. The
cash you’ll save will surprise you!
Here’s a great link that can help you save on everything on your back to school shopping list:
Find your “Smart Place”!
Designate a specific place at home as your students learning center. Having one specific place where
you can study helps to get your child’s brain in the habit of getting down to the business of
information processing – and idea generation – whenever you are there.
The key is that everyone has different preferences. Identifying your distractors and minimizing them
will help your student focus on their work. Practice with background sounds and locations until you
find your perfect “Smart Place”!
Turn That Music DOWN!
Soothing background music can truly help a student eliminate physical stress and enhance their
mental performance. Make sure the music you choose lends itself to a productive study session. Loud
rap or rock music with heavy vocals probably is not the best thing for your student. Look for smooth
instrumentals or soothing soundscapes.
Spend Quality Time at your Child’s School!
There are many ways to make an impact at your child’s school. Here are just a few:
- • Volunteer in a school computer lab
- • Help organize, cater, or work at fundraising activities such as bake sales or car washes
- • Act as a lunchroom or playground monitor
- • Help to plan and chaperone field trips, track meets, and other events that take place away from
- • Help to plan and chaperone in-school events (dances, proms, or graduation ceremonies)
Here’s a link to more ways you can help your child’s school great!
Also, ask your child’s school administrators and teachers how you can help out. They would truly
Volunteer on a Regular Basis!
We know that everyone is very busy and only has a certain amount of time they can volunteer. But, if
you can, volunteer at your child’s school on a regular basis.
It’s a positive way to let your children and teachers know that you are invested in the learning
process and their success. Get to know your child’s teachers and administration and you’ll have a
better handle of how you can help out!
Join the PTA!
Go to a school’s open house or Parent Teacher’s Association meeting. PTA meetings and open-house
events are typically held at the beginning of the school year, and at these events, you can find out
the needs of teachers and students and how you can volunteer.
Share Your Skills!
Call a public school’s principal or assistant principal. If you have something to offer or a
particular skill, such as writing, art or cooking, tell the principal your interest in teaching
children voluntarily or leading a program. Teachers who lead after-school clubs or sports programs
may need someone with a specific talent or ability to assist. Whatever your talent is, Take Action!
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