This post is sponsored by VolunteerSpot.
Over the last few years, my school district has seen a lot of budget cuts. This year alone the district must fully implement the Common Core Curriculum for K-12; upgrade the computer network/hardware to prepare for online assessments in 2014-15 and pay costs related to the Teacher/Principal Annual Professional Performance Reviews. And a lot more is needed: additional teachers to balance middle school teams and eliminate the Super Team model; the piloting of a dual-language (Spanish-English) kindergarten; the addition of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) course electives in high school and providing incoming students and teachers with iPads.
Quote a mouthful, right? But with school budgets getting tighter than ever, how much of it will really happen?
Wouldn’t it be nice to help your school out with additional money? I’m about to tell you about a simple way to help your school out.
This back-to-school season, VolunteerSpot is giving away THREE (3) grants of $1,500 each to school-parent groups (like the PTA, PTO, etc.) around the country. The winners will be chosen at random so the more entries your school gets, the more chances you have to win. Here’s what you need to know:
Here’s all you need to do (You can do one of these, or all.)
1. Use VolunteerSpot during August to Take the Pledge to volunteer for your school. Don’t worry if you don’t have a specific activity to sign up for yet; just make the commitment to help out with one thing this school year.
Just be sure to include your school’s name when prompted during the easy registration process. Boom! You’ve got 1 entry already.
2. Use VolunteerSpot’s FREE online sign up sheets during August* to organize the parent volunteers for any school activity: back-to-school events, classroom helpers, carnivals, book fairs, hospitality teams & potlucks, concessions – any activity that involves multiple volunteers will be easier to manage with online sign ups and scheduling.
3. If you are a TEACHER, there is a special contest just for you. Volunteer Spot wants to help you get ready for back-to-school, and they’re giving away TWO iPad minis just to get you to try it!
How to Get More Chances for Your School to Win:
Invite (okay, bug) your neighborhood friends and fellow parents to use VolunteeerSpot this August too. Every new Pledge and new activity organized in VolunteerSpot.com counts as an entry for your school, so the more people you can get to sign up, the more entries to win $1,500 your school will get.
Post it on Facebook, or even better, email your whole class and ask them to take the pledge too. You might even remind people to take the pledge when you see them on the first day of school. Isn’t it worth it for the chance to win $1,500 bucks for your school?
One Last Brilliant Idea
Maybe you’re not the person who gets super involved in organizing activities for your school, but you probably know who is. Send the link to this page to the person you know who is most involved with your school’s parent/school organization. That way, even if you don’t need to organize an activity with VolunteerSpot right now, you can still help someone else out AND help your school win.
If you have really bad insomnia, you can read the official rules here. Zzzzzz.
- Three schools will be chosen at random to win. Each will receive a $1,500 grant from VolunteerSpot for their designated school’s parent-teacher organization.
- You must be at least 18 years old to enter for your school.
- You must reside in the United States.
- The following uses of VolunteerSpot count as entries: registering and school organizer or teacher/educator VolunteerSpot account (it’s free!), setting up an activity, signing up for an activity someone else has set up, and pledging to volunteer.
- The sweeps will run from Aug 1- Aug 30, so enter now! Winners will be drawn at random and notified in September
If you still have questions, please click HELP at the top of VolunteerSpot.com and contact them directly.