Make It Better Guide to Supporting Schools

Parents know—a successful educational experience takes more than a few great teachers.

It’s a collaborative effort, which includes parental support. Schools count on and actively encourage parents to get involved in their child’s education. That involvement doesn’t have to be limited to helping kids with homework—it can be as simple as 30 minutes in a classroom once a week offering reading support, or as involved as running a committee or serving as an officer for the PTA/PTO.

Where to start? Here are articles and organizations that can point you in the right direction.

Supporting Schools, Children and Educational Initiatives In Your Own District:

The Most Effective Homework: Insight and Ideas from an Expert

Special Education Guide: 6 Steps for Navigating the IEP Process

How to Start a Group for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Bob and Patty Reece Make It Better for Kids

A Fundraiser’s Tale

School Fundraisers: A Sample Timeline

Fundraising Dos and Don’ts

Supporting Schools and Children In Districts of Need:

Charting a New Course | See these tips in action: A Disciplined Life: One Powerful Idea, Fueled By Two Passionate Women, Creates A Better Future For Students

Want Change? Petition!

Want Better Fundraising Results? We’re Here to Help!

Local websites and resources:

Parent Education Consortium of the North Shore — an organization that serves as a centralized source of information on parent resources and programs that promote stronger schools, family and community life.

Pass With Flying Colors — an organization that offers Chicago students with resources to enhance and improve their self-esteem and overall success in and out of school.

LEAD — a Lake Forest-based organization offering parental resources and programming designed to empower and promote strong families.


FUNdraising: 50 Proven Strategies for Successful School Fundraisers

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School Fundraiser
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