How Parents are Involved
Parents participate in a number of ways: from assisting in the classroom and serving on the board of directors or a committee of the board and contributing to school fundraising goals.
The opportunity to assist in the classroom is often a main reason that parents seek out a cooperative nursery school. At Lincoln Park Co-op, parents assist on a rotating basis. The number of times per year depending on how often the class meets. While at school, parents collaborate with and learn from teachers, have the opportunity to be with their child at school, and get to know the other children in the class. Children's faces light up when the answer to the question, "Is it your day to be the helping parent?" is met with a "yes".
All families have one parent who either serves on the board of directors or on a committee of the board. Committees are led by chairpersons who serve on the board. Parents share their interests, their talents, and their backgrounds before being placed on a committee. The committees are: Auction, Building, Education, Events, Financial Aid, Membership, Publications, Social and Technology.
Fundraising is also an important way that parents participate and contribute to the school. The cost of tuition does not cover the entire cost of operating the school, so fundraising helps make up the difference. We fundraise in two ways. In the Fall, the Vice Presidentof the board heads up the Annual Fund. Families are given a suggested donation amount, and are asked to contribute what they can. Our second way, is through the Annual Auction event, known as the best party of the school year! Parents are also required to donated an item to the auction. The item may be something they solicited from a business (like a gift card or experience), or something they own or have access to (like tickets to an event or a local vacation home). Of course, we want parents to participate in the on-line auction and to come to the party. Our goal is to have 100% parent participation in both of our fundraising events.