Reasons to Get Involved at HAIS
There are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at HAIS. It's a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.
Parent volunteers are essential to organizing and chaperoning many of the events such as school dances, sporting events, fundraising, as well as other ongoing school activities.
Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the broader community.
Without a doubt the school will reap the benefits of parent involvement — and you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's daily activities.
Even if you haven't been involved in the past, it's never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach High School.
Finding the Right Opportunity
One of the best starting points for getting involved is a parent-teacher conference or open house. These are usually scheduled early in each school year, and are a great opportunity to approach your child's teachers or principal about volunteer involvement.
If you have something to offer, or if you just want to help out in whatever way you can, discuss the possibilities with teachers, who might arrange something with you personally or direct you to a department head or administrator who can answer your questions and make suggestions. It's also a good idea to join the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or parents' advisory council.
Questions to Ask
When you offer to help out, find out how much of a time commitment is expected and if it will be ongoing.
Be sure to ask if any financial costs are associated with your volunteer activities. If you're chaperoning a field trip, for example, find out if you'll be required to pay for transportation and admissions costs. Ask if you'll need to transport students in your own vehicle or if a school bus will be provided.
If you're organizing or helping out with an activity that will take place off the school grounds, be sure to find out if there are any specific school regulations you need to keep in mind or any liability issues you should considered.