Students shouldn't be the only ones gearing up for the first day of school. It's an ideal time for parents to commit to being a bigger part of their children's education.

Volunteering at school is a great way to show children their education is important, according to the Nemours Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy lifestyles for children. It's also a way to gain insights about your child's day and how the school operates.

Nemours offers tips on how and why to get involved at kidshealth.org/en/parents/school.html.

Many central Ohio schools distribute information about volunteering at open houses and meet-the-teacher nights. Be prepared: A background check usually is required.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton