Howard Freeman11 months ago
In NYC, what many schools need most is cash gifts to the school's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA, or PA). Due to budget cuts at public schools, programs like Spanish, music and chess, and staffing like assistant teachers (often needed in classrooms with 25+ kids) are funded through PTAs.
"Volunteering" is great, but they need cash or sponsorships, or usually one-of-a-kind items that they can sell at yearly auctions. Our kids' schools has to raise $500k per year just to provide what many schools consider standard offerings. And we're a wealthy area! Schools in poorer neighborhoods need the cash and help all the more.
Alternatively, offer a school principal a way to provide chess, music or other after-school program (karate? origami?...) through official channels.