The old African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” is also true when it comes to educating a child. Among the most seen "village members" in educating children are parents, local businesses, and religious organizations.
Remember, as a parent, you are your child's first teacher. Children enrolled in school should NOT be viewed as parents passing off a baton in a race. Rather, the teacher comes and runs alongside parent and child in this journey. Then, as a united team, all three progress through the educational system to get to the "finish line", the starting line into adulthood.
When parents and teachers work together it is easier for local businesses to join the cause of educating children. Parents and teachers make up a large portion of revenues for local businesses. Also, schools educate students who will one day be working in the same local businesses. Therefore it benefits businesses to invest in schools.
Religious organizations have been a consistent support in schools where I have had the privilege to work. Many times religious organizations keep community schools in their prayers. In addition, they provide supplies, materials, and teacher appreciation meals.
Other groups, such as medical professionals, wildlife advocates, and civil servants, have and can continue to support schools. They often do so by attending or sponsoring awareness fairs on topics such as health, career, or nature. These presentations help expose and educate students about professions which, before, may not have been an option. This also leads to students' curiosity being sparked to study and learn more about particular fields.
There are so many ways that we all can get involved in educating our students. Even if you do not have children, what students learn, or do not learn, in school will somehow impact you. I hope that impact is positive. It always starts with parents and teachers working together to lead the way!
Call to action:
Contact your child's teacher to share local connections you may have which will enrich the education of your child and his or her classmates.
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