There is nothing I enjoy more than volunteering at my kids’ schools. I love seeing them interacting with their friends in an environment that’s all their own – having all-too-real conversations about the really, really big dog they saw over the weekend and the super-gross cake they made. Though I have to admit, I haven’t ever figured out the exact way to jazz up my survey research job on career day.
And then of course, who has the time to volunteer as much as they really want? This is the #1 challenge (according to our recent study for GreatSchools) to getting more parents more involved in ensuring their child gets a quality education.
But, it turns out that even though time is always at a premium, it may be slightly less so this year because volunteering is said to be on the rise. And though I have no data to back this up, let’s just blame the economy, shall we? Perhaps it’s actually had a few positive secondary effects (I hear the local gym is also more packed than usual).
About 2 in 3 (64%) parents or guardians of children ages 5-17 (who will be attending a public or private elementary, middle or high school in the 2009-2010 academic year) say that it is more important to volunteer now at their child(ren)’s school than ever before. And, they are more likely today to say they will volunteer in the coming year, and once at school, will spend more time there.
- 53% plan to volunteer in their child’s school this year, compared to 44% last year.
- The quantity of time spent volunteering in school appears like it may double this year – to 2 hours per month for the typical parent from 1.
Will you be volunteering at your child(ren)’s school this month/year? And if so, what do you plan to do?