South Hillsborough Parent Group:
Opportunities for parental involvement in the district and at the school site are abundant, and our parents have always given generously of their time, attention, and money. Their efforts mean far more than the material benefits they bring; they make our students and teachers feel valued and important. Such feelings contribute directly to our educational excellence. In the 2013–2014 school year, parents and other community volunteers contributed thousands of hours directly to South School in the classrooms, in the library, helping with hot lunch, serving on committees, and assisting with special service and instructional projects and programs.
Parent volunteers shelve, check-out and check-in library books, serve as classroom volunteers and docents and help with many events such as the Colonial Fair, Science Fair, Reading Tigers, South STAR award presentations, Fathers and Friends Day, our Ice-Cream Social and Multicultural Day. Parents as well as community members speak to classes, read stories to young children, and share their occupational or scientific expertise. Through organizations such as the Parent Group, the School Site Council, and Parent Ed events, parents learn about activities and instructional programs at the school and set goals to raise student achievement and continually improve the school.
At the district level, thousands of additional volunteer hours are given to fund-raising events, sponsored by the Hillsborough Schools Foundation, such as the general campaign, tennis luncheon, dinner dance, and e-Scrip program. The Hillsborough Schools Foundation provides funds annually to the district in order to enhance the already excellent educational programs. These contributions allow us to enrich our student’s educational lives, and to be able to continually look for ways to be even better.