I need your brilliant ideas. At the high school my two sons attend there is a parent group. The purpose of this parent group is a little different than traditional PTA, as is the school. At this school each student has a 'homebase'. The homebase is a room connected to the homebase teacher's classroom, and the homebase has seating, fridge, micro, computer, etc. all to be used for time between classes. The kids all have different schedules and many attend college classes across the street. A kid may have math from 8-9 then a break until 10, then a college class from 10-11, then a two hour break, followed by 3 classes in a row, finishing at about 4. Or they might go from 11-4. And the schedule changes day to day, typically M-W, T-Th, and F schedules. Anyway, the homebases are used very much during breaks.
Back to PAC, (parent action committee). The goal of the school is to have parents active on campus, doing whatever, just to be seen. Gardening, helping with homework, grabbing a cup of coffee, playing basketball, using the weight room, etc. The feeling being that it will help to create a family atmospher, and provide non-authority type people who are adults around for conversation. It is not to intrude upon one's own kids, but parents still learn a lot about their own teens by participating. The kinds of activities I have done is teaching lessons for teachers (not as a substitute, but as a supplement), helping students to organize voluteer activities, participating in student led fund raisers, and many many conversations re: drugs, sex, fears regarding possibility of parents dying, mean girls and what to do about them, etc. Lots of hugs.
Finally, my question!
The school has 600 students, and about 5 parents active on campus, and another 6-7 who come to the monthly meetings. How can we get more parents to participate??? The fears seem to be that their children won't be able to become independent if parents are involved, and that parents just don't have time. Parents do, however, request more communication from school.
If you can help with ways to communicate the benefits to parents, families, students, etc. of being involved at school it would be so greatly appreciated. If you can see why parents wouldn't want to be involved, maybe you can share that opinion and I could practice by trying to persuade you.