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​Education's Oldest Family Events!

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Our Signature National Celebrations!

National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week provides an opportunity for schools to increase family engagement through the use of soft power. Soft power is the ability to influence others through attraction and persuasion, rather than through coercion or force. In the context of education, soft power can be used by schools to increase family engagement by creating positive experiences and building relationships with families. 

National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week are important to public schools because they help to recognize and celebrate the vital role that parents and other volunteers play in supporting student achievement and success. These events provide an opportunity to:

  • Recognize and celebrate the contributions of parents and volunteers: National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week provide an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication of parents and other volunteers who give their time and resources to support public schools.

  • Promote the importance of family and community involvement: These events help to raise awareness about the importance of family and community involvement in education and the positive impact it can have on student achievement.

  • Encourage collaboration and partnership: National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week provide an opportunity to build strong partnerships between schools, families, and communities and to promote collaboration and teamwork.

  • Promote public education: These events are also a chance to showcase the achievements of students and teachers and to promote the value of public education to the broader community.

 

National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week are important to public schools because they help to recognize and celebrate the contributions of parents and volunteers, promote the importance of family and community involvement, encourage collaboration and partnership, and promote public education.

Project Appleseed has provided families and schools throughout the country with two widely celebrated events – National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week. These are the celebrations in which schools recruit, engage, count and recognize the services of America’s dedicated school volunteers. We celebrate those who have offered their time, encouragement, and meaningful contact with students.

National Parental Involvement Day  

Project Appleseed provides a yearly opportunity for schools and families to honor and highlight the powerful contributions parents and caregivers provide at school and home to support student success.

Public School Volunteer Week

Project Appleseed established this week in 1997 and we invite families to assist school teachers and administrators with everyday activities by volunteering with their children.

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Over 10 million family members participate in our celebrations at over 18,000 schools in all 50 states each school year. We estimate that nearly every public school in America has recognized or celebrated these grass roots occasions, at least once, over the last two decades. Each year parents and family members, state departments of education, nonprofits, businesses and thousands of school districts are involved. There are currently over 300,000 links to our signature events Public School Volunteer Week & National Parental Involvement Day in the Google search engine. Save the dates and join us!

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Thank you for celebrating two of the oldest family engagement events in America!

National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week cannot take place without the support of parents, educators, school boards, sponsors, partners, speakers, staff, and the attendees themselves. Project Appleseed wants to show our gratitude to all those who helped make National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week a success. Here's a look at hundreds of past events across the country!

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Project Appleseed has inspired millions of parents to volunteer in thousands of schools nationwide. We have created signature family engagement days for schools, that produce hundreds of millions in volunteer time each year. Through our national events local parents can engage with their public schools and raise valuable social capital for their school community.

 

Start Now For Next Event! 

1. Get Ready. Our national celebrations of family engagement in schools - calls upon parents, grandparents and caring adults to assist teachers and staff with the day-to-day activities involved in providing a balanced education and nutrition for our students. Schools should engage parents, grandparents and caring adults as an important part of a team that strives to ensure that each and every student succeed.

 

2. Get Your Team. It's About Teamwork! Working together with employers, employees, parents, mentors, and educators are key to creating a successful day that strengthens the connection between education and home, between parents and their children.

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3. Get Inspired. The most important and most effective way to get the word out about your celebration is to use it in all parts of your school program. Make Project Appleseed's signature event an integral point of reference for all that you do at your school. In this way, all partners will understand how their commitments and their actions contribute to improved student learning and high achievement for all students.

 

Here are four ways you can make your Parental Involvement Pledge count.

  • Follow the Day on Facebook

  • Our On-Line Press Kit

  • Call the News Media

  • Take Pictures

  • Post Your Celebration to Twitter!

Join Us!

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