Volunteering is a GREAT way to meet other Eckstein families and improve your child’s middle school experience.

Middle school volunteering is a little different from what you may have experienced in your child’s elementary school. Middle schoolers will often assert their independence by saying they don’t want their parents to volunteer, but it is still very important to your child that you show an interest in their school and stay involved. Studies consistently show that students do better both academically and socially when they have a parent or guardian who is active and engaged at their school.

“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.” Williams, D.L. & Chavkin, N.F. Essential Elements of Strong Parent Involvement Programs. Educational Leadership.

“When parents come to school regularly, it reinforces the view in the child’s mind that school and home are connected and that school is an integral part of the whole family’s life.” Cotton, K., Wikelund, K., Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, School Improvement Research Series.

“Decades 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.” Roberts. In Online Resources for Parent/Family Involvement. ERIC Digest.

There are many ways for parents to be active in the Eckstein community. If you’d like to get involved or have questions about volunteering at the school, please contact Eckstein Volunteer Coordinator LauraLeigh Young at llyoung@seattleschools.org

Here are some of the Volunteer Opportunities at Eckstein Middle School this year:

Hall Parents: Help to provide a safer school environment by increasing the adult presence in the school during lunchtime. (1-1/2 hour shift once per week or every other week)

Catch-Up Café: Assist students in the Catch-Up Café, Eckstein’s lunchtime homework makeup program. (1-1/2 hour shift once per week or every other week)

Tutoring: Work one-on-one with students who need a little extra help to do their best work either during or after school. No experience needed! (One hour or more per week)

Staff Appreciation Events: Bring food or beverages in support of Eckstein teachers and staff on one of several staff appreciation days throughout the year. (Flexible time commitment)

Eckstein Annual Campaign Committee: Be a part of the committee that coordinates the school’s primary academic fundraiser, the Eckstein Annual Campaign. (Time commitment varies)

Landscape Committee: Work with other parents/guardians on special school landscape and gardening projects throughout the year. (Time commitment varies)

Test Monitors: Help to monitor students during one of several standardized testing dates throughout the year. (approx 3 hours as needed during testing periods)

Office Assistant: Answer phones and help Eckstein’s busy office staff in the mornings between 7:00 and 8:30 am. (Once a week for 1 hour or more as available)

Fall Student Fundraiser (Oct): Help process orders or distribute prizes during Eckstein’s 2-week fall student magazine sale. (One or more 2 or 4 hour shift during October)

Food Drive (Nov): Help with the publicity and organization for the school-wide food drive in November.

To volunteer for any of these opportunities, please contact contact Eckstein Volunteer Coordinator LauraLeigh Young at llyoung@seattleschools.org.

Updated September 2011