Education is the primary foundation of every child’s future. Unfortunately, the K-12 public schools in the United States are underfunded by $150 billion each year. This means that around 30 million US children don’t have the resources essential for success in the classroom.
If you’ve been thinking about how to best support education in Georgia, then this article is for you. Let’s take a look at how you can help in education and help the children of Georgia to get ahead in the classroom.
1. Parent Mentor Program
Georgia parent mentors work closely with their local education agency to help ensure that their child’s educational needs are met. They also work to help ensure that their children integrate with society and the community.
Becoming a parent mentor will allow you to work closely with teachers and other educational staff to help integrate family engagement into all school and district activities.
2. Donate Supplies
Public schools are always in need of supplies. If you’re wondering what to donate then you can simply call up your local school office and ask what they need. Some of the most common supplies that are needed include:
- Pens and pencils
- Geometry equipment
As well as educational supplies, some schools might need help with items such as jackets for children in winter as well as hygiene supplies.
Fundraising is a great way to help raise money for your local school. You can fundraise in association with the school and organize themed days that involve the pupils. These include things such as fancy-dress days or school talent shows.
Alternatively, you can go and fundraise by yourself or with a team of friends. This could involve a sponsored walk, run, or even a skydive!
The Georgia lottery is a huge fundraiser, which aims to provide vital funding for educational initiatives in Georgia. You can see more here.
4. Business Involvement in Education
If you’re part of a business, there are several ways that you can get involved. Other than direct financial support and donating equipment, business involvement in education can help children learn about and develop the practical skills needed for later employment.
Businesses can work closely with schools to help develop career programs. They help deliver work-experience programs that allow children to get their first taste of what it is like working in the real world.
5. Attend School Board Meetings
School board meetings allow the public to better understand the day-to-day realities of public school. Board meetings highlight any issues that schools are facing as well as providing an open forum where the public can discuss how they might help.
Support Education Today
Public schools are always in need of additional support. If you’ve been wondering about how you can support education, then this quick guide is a good place to start.
Contact your local school and find out more about the kind of support they require and help to encourage community involvement with local educational services.
For more ways you can help your community and yourself, be sure to take a look at our other articles.