I mentioned yesterday that I had some PTA obligations this month that were non-negotiable (as in, I have already agreed to helping with certain events, in addition to my usual Secretary duties). A few people asked why I do PTA, do I like it, it can suck you dry.
First off....I do like PTA. I don't like the politics that go along with it sometimes, and over the past year, we certainly have had our share of that. But as a whole, I like knowing what is going on in my kids' school, being part of the decision process, and overall, contributing to the well being of the school.
One of my peeves about PTA is the LACK of participation. Everyone wants the end product....no one wants to work. It is amazing to overhear conversations of how something could have been better if we did blah blah blah. Well, then next time, come on out and help us with it. Additionally, if everyone took the attitude that "someone else will do it," then no one ends up doing it.
The biggest thing we hear over and over is....I don't have time. We all have the same 24 hrs in a day...it is about how you use it. We all have kids (obviously), so don't use that as an excuse. It is usually the people who are the MOST busy who volunteer the most. I am not saying that there aren't legitimate reason why someone isn't able to help. But after knowing the people who do most of the work....they are the ones who have the most on their plate.
Additionally, no one says you have to volunteer for everything! If you have a particular interest in an area, or there is a month that things tend to be a little quieter, then pick that one thing and help!
Of course, there are the core people who are always the ones to help out. Whether it is baking something, jumping in to help run an event, or even just attending the monthly meeting...they are always there. It is easy to burn out. I worry about our President. Our principal runs her ragged. And because she is a friend of mine...I know about her personal life. She has a lot on her plate....more than most. She keeps piling it on. I worry about her. She doesn't know how to say NO. If you are going to volunteer...you do need to know where your limit is and be able to enforce it.
Having active parent participation is important in education. Knowing that you are helping to shape the climate where your children spend 6-7 hrs of their day is a worth while use of time. In the very least....be active in YOUR child's life.
I also like that my children see that I have something that I "give back" to. It isn't just about work and home. It is about community. My kids are proud that their Mom is at school doing things. That their Mom knows everyone. And that it is their Mom that makes events possible.
So I encourage you all to volunteer for something!