Volunteer

10 Reasons to Get Involved at Patton
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Remember we are volunteers too!
 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.

 6. There’s a lot to be done.
These days, schools are asked to do more with less.
Our help is needed more than ever to fill the gaps.
 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
for teachers in and out of the classroom. We provide
resources they need. We help create learning opportunities for children. And we try to build the kind of supportive, caring atmosphere that makes school fun.
 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’re thrilled to have people
take on tasks that meet their skills and interests.
 3. We pledge to honor
your time constraints.

People are often reluctant to participate because
they’re afraid they’ll get pulled into a black hole of
never-ending time commitment. That won’t happen
here. An hour or two a semester really makes a difference.  And we won’t push you to commit more than
you want to or are able to.
 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 those goals.

 4.
We have fun.
Volunteer work shouldn’t be drudgery. We accomplish
a lot, and not everything we do is easy. But we know
we’re not balancing the national debt, either. We don’t
take ourselves too seriously, and we try to enjoy ourselves along the way whenever possible.
9. We’re about parent involvement,
not fundraising.

In these times of tight budgets, parent groups everywhere are having to fill in the gaps, and so are we.
But our number one goal is to get more parents connected to the school. That’s because more than 300 independent research studies show that building
parent involvement in education is the number one
thing we can do to create a great school and
improve student performance.    
 5.    Meet nice people who share your concerns.
We all have a common bond. We care about creating
the best possible educational experience 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.
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 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. Won’t you join us?