Having only a child through middle school, I have never really been a volunteer at school. My mother did the room mom, Girl Scout Leader, cheer booster, band booster, soccer mom, t-ball mom and cub scout mom, but until my little bundle of joy is there I have not really been on that side of the experience. I know the process is hard. Between text messages, emails, and telephone , it is hard to know who signed up when. I went on a couple of school field trips, and go to all the football games where the band plays, but I am by no means a volunteer mom at this point. As a teacher, even in junior high, I see the value and appreciate the involved parents.
Mabel’s Labels are all over the net as an awesome product. I cannot count how many back to school sites have included them in their “best products” offerings. Mabel’s has a blog where they talk about parenting issues including school-age issues. Today they had a great article (and slideshare document) about volunteering at your child’s school. In junior high, we LOVE parents who want to come make copies (it almost never happens), or when the PTA comes and serves us food (always a great thing).
A place they send you to is Volunteer Spot. This site is designed for those PTA presidents, school sponsors, booster club presidents, and anyone who needs to coordinate people in all one place. This site could be a thing of greatness. I was able to do a demo where you can sign up. You just point, click and it puts your name on the activity. They also give you volunteer ideas and fundraising opportunities that don’t need cookie dough or magazines. I am wondering now how I can use it for a couple of things I am working on.