BeTheParents.org Idaho's underage drinking prevention website - containing strategies and resources to eliminate underage drinking
Parent InvolvementDecades of research show that when parents are involved students have:
- Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
- Better school attendance
- Increased motivation, better self-esteem
- Lower rates of suspension
- Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
- Fewer instances of violent behavior
Family participation in education is twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status.
The more parents participate in schooling, in a sustained way, at every level -- in advocacy, decision-making and oversight roles, as fund-raisers and boosters, as volunteers and para-professionals, and as home teachers -- the better for student achievement.
The most consistent predictors of children’s academic achievement and social adjustment are parent expectations of the child’s academic attainment and satisfaction with their child’s education at school.
Ways Parents Can Become Involved
- Read with your child daily
- Contact your child's teacher or principal, offer to volunteer
- Serve on an advisory board or on school committees
- Become active in PTO, Booster Club, or other parent organizations
- Ask your child about what he is learning and doing in school
- Discuss the value of a good education with your child
Volunteers can make an impact to student success by contributing their time and talents to schools and students. There are many different areas available for constructive participation; each school has their own rewarding opportunities.The recruitment, utilization and coordination of volunteers is the responsibility of the schools. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the school directly.
Everyday, an old man walked the beach with a pail, picking up starfish that had been washed in by the tide, and throwing them back into the sea. One day a young boy stopped the old man and asked, "Why do you throw the starfish back? It doesn't matter. They will only wash up on the shore again tomorrow." The old man picked a starfish out of his pail threw it as far as he could into the sea, and replied "It mattered to that one."- Author Unknown