If it’s true that the past isn’t really even past, then it’s probably also the case that the future is already mostly here. That’s certainly how it feels, as the word increasingly comes to us that in the highly technological, fast-paced, wired-up world in which we live, education will be more important than ever.
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WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Learn to Earn suggests these ways that people can help promote education at all levels:
Donate books to a preschool or child-care program.
Sponsor an event that educates moms-to-be about prenatal care.
Adopt a child-care program and helping it earn a “star” rating.
Find out what your school district is doing to make sure children are ready for kindergarten.
Sponsor a scholarship to preschool.
Read to your child or someone else’s child.
Take your child or someone else’s child to the library.
Mentor a student who wants to earn a scholarship through the Dayton Foundation’s College Promise.
Hire summer apprentices or interns to help in your business.
Encourage your child to take courses for college credit in high school.
Find out how your child’s high school is helping students apply to college.
Ask your child’s high school to sponsor a meeting where parents learn how to fill out financial aid forms.
Pledge to United Way to support agencies that help young people succeed.
Encourage your place of worship to emphasize reading in children’s religion classes.
Organize a book swap of children’s and adult books at your workplace.
Give employees time off to volunteer at school.
Feature your employees’ volunteer activities in the company newsletter and website.
Insist that your child’s coaches celebrate players who are doing well academically.
Ask the children you meet what they want to be when they grow up and where they want to go to college.
Organize a career day at your child’s school or for your employees’ children.
Encourage your employees to meet with their children’s teachers, even if they have to miss work.
Reward your child with a college T-shirt.
Sponsor a rewards program for the best readers in a classroom or school.
Recruit a retiree to volunteer with a student.
Ask your employees how your company can help parents.
Tutor a student who is struggling.
Ask your civic group to support initiatives that help young people succeed.
Start a mother-daughter or father-son book club.
Organize an outing for children who have never been to a museum.
Take students to a retirement home to read to residents.
Give books as gifts to children.
Organize a book drive at your company to collect summer reading books for at-risk students.