September 10, 2009 by Marj Hatzell
I realize that the choice to get involved in Home and School activities at your child’s school is a personal one. I know that there are working parents out there, not all of them are Stay-at-home types like I am and not all of them love being around children and love being in the classroom working with them. There are, however, many ways that parents can contribute to what goes on in the school and behind the scenes. I keep wondering why if there are thirty to forty dedicated (AND I MEAN DEDICATED) people helping out, why are they the same ones that help out OVER AND OVER and OVER AND OVER? Where is everyone else?
Like I said, I know time and work schedules sometimes don’t allow it. But the parents that are involved at Bug Boy’s school have a variety of issues and skills and they still find time to volunteer. Heck, I am the FREAKING CO- VICE PRESIDENT this year. Next year I’ll be co-President. If I can do it? Anyone can. I don’t have a big budget. I cannot donate fancy stuff. And yet I still manage to send in a pack of napkins or send in baked goods or type the phone chain or help out with sorting back-to-school packets or…you name it. And? One of the wealthiest parents in school that lives in one of the biggest houses and spends her day doing coffee, tea and racquetball? Has yet to send in so much as a paper cup, fill out a permission form or show up at a meeting. It just really irks me. You only have to help out ONCE. If everyone did that? The rest of us wouldn’t have to work so hard. We ain’t a bunch of control-freak micromanagers, I swear it. We love our kids just as much as you do. But we also realize how much hard work this all takes, yo. Do your part.
Phew. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Now, please excuse me while I wrastle up volunteers.