Parental Participation in Schools
The broader associational and community networks established around a common interest or involvement in specific settings, such as a school, provide the same benefits to individuals as networks of close personal ties (but from a wider pool), and can also generate additional benefits for communities. School-based volunteering is a measure of community engagement and social connectedness. As well as the economic value of the services volunteers provide, volunteering builds social networks and other community benefits. "Benefits include positive social attitudes such as tolerance of diversity, positive norms that decrease anti-social behaviour, and involvement in the decision-making that can improve community life" (Pope, 2006).
Parents Involved in Activities at Their Children's School: expressed as a percentage of parents with school-aged children
Do you have school aged children? Yes; No
Are you actively involved with activities in their school? Yes; No
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