September 8th is International Literacy Day. Between that and a new school year just getting started, it’s a perfect time to think about what we can all do to support the schools in our communities.
That’s why we reached out to Brenden Cusack, the principal of Huntington High School right here in Howl’s Long Island hometown. We know there are lots of ways for parents and guardians to lend a helping hand to their child’s school, like participating in the local PTA or chaperoning field trips. But what about people who don’t necessarily have kids in school?
Principal Cusack suggested that people can attend live events like sports and performances, from football and tennis to concerts and plays. They can also buy items offered directly by the school, such as school pride gear.
Local professionals can also volunteer their time to speak with students. “We are always looking for experts in the arts, music, writing, engineering, history, mathematics and business among others,” Principal Cusack said. “Pretty much any professional field may be of interest to our student body, as they have a wide variety of interests and skill sets.”
Some schools also take donations, such as new or gently used school supplies, sports equipment, or library books. But remember, “ultimately, any donation to a school will need to meet with the approval of the Board of Education prior to acceptance,” Principal Cusack said. “If there are items of interest that an individual might wish to donate, they can always contact the building principal as a first point of contact to determine if those items are needed.”
If you’d like to help out one of your local schools, you can use the interactive map on the Howl app to find their events! Whether you’re reading to kindergartners or cheering on the high school field hockey team, let’s all do our part to make schools safe places in our communities for kids to learn and grow.