New to the area, looking for a way to meet people and put your talents to work? Get involved in school!
Lived here a long time, but eager to try something different and give back to the community? Get involved in school!
You don’t even need school-age children. Whatever your passion, get involved in school!
If you think volunteer efforts are limited to baking brownies for PTA fundraisers, think again.
Schools rely on volunteers to power many activities. Libraries are hotbeds of activity all day long — and not all of them involve books. Librarians need help planning programs, organizing events and teaching technology. You’ll be amazed at the varied role libraries play in today’s schools.
In culture-rich Fairfield County, moms and dads are a crucial resource. You can bring dancers, musicians, actors and authors into classrooms and auditoriums. In Westport you could join the Schools’ Permanent Arts Committee, which oversees more than 1,500 pieces of original paintings, sculptures and cartoons.
High schools and middle schools in the area have robust theater programs. But the directors can’t do it all. They need set designers, costume experts, lighting specialists and much more to help put on spectacular shows.
Other after-school programs rely on outside expertise too. Westport’s nationally recognized robotics teams are organized and coached by parents. So are chess programs in other towns. Many such activities begin with volunteers. Feel free to offer up your own special skills.
Speaking of coaching: varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams need you. KMS Partners’ own Kim Harizman is an assistant high school girls’ tennis coach -- and she does not even have a daughter!
Mothers and fathers can be tremendous advocates for important causes. Each town has organizations for parents of children with learning differences or special needs, and for intellectually gifted youngsters. There are state and national associations too.
If you’re politically involved, consider education issues. From budgets to standardized testing, you can make your voice heard. If you’re particularly intrepid, you can run for your local Board of Education!
Public schools, private schools, preschools -- all benefit from parental involvement. And that yields rewards far beyond the joy of giving back, and the satisfaction of using your talents for a good cause. You’ll meet new people, be exposed to new ideas, and learn new skills.
And if baking brownies for fundraisers is your thing: You’ll make tons of quick friends.