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Today I wanted to share 3 ways to help your children’s school when you don’t have time to volunteer.  You can do all of these from home. help your child's school from home

I have four children- you can imagine that my time is limited…
As a large family, we have so many fun times, but it is hard to catch even a few spare minutes to do things outside of our home (like volunteer in a classroom)!
A group of kids smiling for the camera.

What four children means…
more laughter, more fun, more hugs…

It also means that while I would love to be able to volunteer at our children’s school every week, it just isn’t possible. Thankfully, my Mom comes over so that I can help out for school parties or fieldtrips, but I just can’t be in the classroom every week. I have two children that are still home, not yet in school, so I need to be home with them, just as I was home when our older children were too young for school.

I love to help. I was a teacher and I know, first hand, how important it is to have the support of parents!

Today I want to give you three ways to help your child’s school even when you can’t physically be there.

1- Offer to cut things, copy things, make things… at home.
I used to send home pages of things that needed cut out. I had some parents that offered to do this for me so that I could use my spare time to work with my students and it was so helpful! I even had one parent offer to copy and staple my homework packets for me. It freed up so much time for me!

2- Organize school parties from home.
You can easily call or e-mail parents and get together a group to plan a party. Put each parent in charge of something: Bringing a certain snack, drinks, paper products, a game… Just take charge & get the party going. Your child’s teacher will be glad to have time for educating your children and not planning the spring party. Trust me.

3- Gather Box Tops® for your child’s school.
A logo for Box Top Education.
This is one that is seriously so easy! At our child’s school, they actually give our kids a prize for every 30 Box Tops® that they bring in, so we keep a sheet of paper on our refrigerator. It has 30 squares on it and we tape up our box tops as we cut them out. We have a Food Lion® right up the road, so it makes it easy to buy foods and items that have Box Tops® on them.
A Food Lion logo.

If you aren’t sure how it works, you can read about it right here. (They pay your school for the Box Tops®)
A screenshot of a social media post.

Plus, right now you get 25 Bonus Box Tops ($2.50 value to BTFE eligible school) when you buy ANY 6 participating General Mills® products in a single shopping visit using your personal MVP card between 8/20-8/26 AND be automatically entered for a chance to win 500,000 Bonus Box Tops® ($50,000 value to BTFE eligible school).

There are so many eligible foods and products- here are just a few!
A collage of food and paper product items.

See more here.

What about you?

What do you do to volunteer when your time is limited?

Leave a comment with an idea and you could win a $50 gift card to Food Lion®!

ps- Do you know what your child’s teacher REALLY wants you to know about reading with your child?  Read about it here. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Food Lion® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I collect the box tops for my kid’s school as well. I have all of our family members save them for us too. I also help with papers or putting together gift bags and stuff for the teacher that she can send home for me to do. It always feels good to give back a little, even if it doesn’t seem like much! 🙂