Now that kids are back to school, the PTAs are asking parents to help run their many activities and events that enrich the school community. If you haven’t been involved in the past, why not consider stepping up to support your school as a PTA volunteer.

Volunteering at school shows your family you’re interested in their education and it sends a positive message that school is a worthwhile cause. By taking on a role in the PTA or a PTA committee, a parent also models the importance of giving back to the community.

By working with teachers, administrators and other parents, you can better understand your child’s daily activities, the trends and fads of school life and ultimately become better equipped to communicate with your kids as they grow and change.

You might think it’s only a good idea to be a school volunteer while your child is in elementary school, but in reality, it’s just as important to be involved once kids reach secondary school. In fact, if you can afford the time, you might be needed even more at that level to replace parents who returned to full-time careers or dropped out due to volunteer burnout.

A good place for information about getting involved is a parent-teacher conference or open house. Scarsdale parents attending the principal receptions and middle school open houses taking place this month can talk to their child’s house counselor, teachers or the principal about volunteer involvement. If you have something to offer or just want to help out in whatever way you can, a PTA representative or school administrator should be able to make some suggestions.

By taking time to help in the classroom, at schoolwide events or in the community, you can help give students positive interaction, support and encouragement.

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