If you have an empty nest because your last child has left the house, that doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to support education in your community.
In fact, it’s a great time to stay involved, make a strong contribution, and stay young at heart.
As a start, keep up with issues that affect local children. If you can, get involved in the school activities of your neighbors’ children, your nieces and nephews, or friends’ children or grandchildren.
Remember that strong schools make strong communities. Educated young people make our entire society healthier. By helping them, we are investing in our future together.
How can you help?
Children of all ages love to have fans attend their soccer games or basketball games. Cheering for local children can also be an opportunity for you to keep in contact with various neighbors and community happenings.
Think of interesting ways you can participate in school programs. Share your special talents. If you are a photographer, give a seminar to the yearbook staff.
Or maybe you have connections to interesting local companies that would make for great field trips.
We can all serve as volunteers and mentors in our local schools. We can provide an extra set of hands to help in the office, or an extra set of ears to help children with reading.
This nation was built on a foundation of community support for local schools. It is what keeps our democracy strong and vital. And it will continue to do so — with the help of all involved.