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If you’re already breaking out your running shoes in preparation for beating the crowds to the back-to-school volunteer signup line, stop! Pitching in to help at school shouldn’t leave you frazzled and out of breath. Try these four in-advance ideas to manage back-to-school signup chaos.
Look online. Check your child’s school’s website and social channels, like Facebook and Twitter, well in advance of back-to-school night. Many schools post volunteer signups and interest forms online—for everything from library help to fundraisers. This will save you time in getting involved, without the stress of clipboard craziness.
Pitch in from home. Busy moms don’t always have time to help at the class party, with advising at craft time or with reading stories. Think outside the box and offer your teacher and room parent help from home instead. You can manage the class blog or Pinterest boards, prep art supplies to send in with your child or bake a healthy treat for a special occasion. The options are endless—and you avoid signup frenzy!
Use free online signup sheets. Sidestep phone trees and countless paper signups with free online parent scheduling tools from VolunteerSpot. With a super simple set-up, easy ways to invite parents to sign up from their computer or mobile device and automated reminders, this is the back-to-school time and stress-saver you’re looking for. Try it out now.
Have a friend do it for you. Does your kid’s best friend’s mom owe you a favor? Back-to-school is the perfect time to cash in! You avoid the lines and they fill in your name for you—or better yet, sign up in your place for the first volunteer need of the semester.
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