Working moms can help with school celebrations when we ask for help.
'Tis the season for celebrating and it takes a village—or at least a roomful of parent volunteers!—to plan and carry out all the classroom parties from now until the New Year (think: Thanksgiving, Christmas and the-last-day-before-winter-break). If you’re a working mom and a room mom or classroom volunteer, check out these ideas and advice for festive (and easy!) celebrations that emphasize working together to get the job done.
1. Do a class activity that gives back. Highlight the spirit of the holiday season with a charitable act kids can take part in. Ask kids to bring in canned goods the week of the party to be donated to a food bank, or request gently used coats that can be given to a local shelter. Then, make a point to tally up the donations at the party—and congratulate the kids on a job well done!
2. Make the class gift a group effort. Show your child’s teacher some love with a thoughtful, combined gift from the class. Depending on the teachers' likes and interests, you can create a themed basket. For example, if they love cooking, fill a large mixing bowl with a monogrammed apron, gourmet goodies and useful utensils. (Need more ideas? Here are 10 for teachers.)
3. Rally volunteers. Quickly coordinate who can count canned goods, collect the gift basket supplies, or bring snacks and drinks with free, online class party sign ups from SignUp.com! Teachers, room parents and class volunteers can build an online sign up in minutes and invite parents via email or social media. Parents can sign up from the convenience of their computer or smartphone (no passwords required!), and eCalendar syncing with automated reminders keeps everyone on track.
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