I went to the first PTO (not PTA...there is a difference!) meeting at school last night. I have to say how disappointed I was at the turnout. People filtered in (one came 45 min late!), but as a whole, it was a small turnout.
At the end of the meeting (which was run by the previous board, who now have moved on to the next school....yes, this is a one-year transition school).....they wanted to know who wanted to be on the board. Silence.
I have to admit, there was a piece of me who said "oh just do it." Then there was a bigger piece that said NO!!!! My nemesis was at the meeting, but had to step out to go pick up her son, so she missed that part. But I am SURE she is going to want to be in charge. Luckily, someone stepped up to be President (who I "know" through another person). But I cannot deal with what I had last year.
I did volunteer to enter grocery store reward cards. But that is it.
But one thing struck a chord.....the past president, who obviously was annoyed that people weren't volunteering, said "it is your kids who will lose out if this stuff doesn't happen."
At our elementary school, the parents from my kids' classes were largely uninvolved. Our 5th grade events.....what events? No one wanted to do it. Apparently this is the same across all the elementary schools for this grade.
So what will happen in a few years....when they are in high school??? Senior events.....will they even happen?
I can't be a one-woman show. I have done that too many times. And I KNOW if I get too involved again, it will just be that way until they graduate. But I also am saddened that my kids could miss out on some fun stuff because no one wants to step up.
Maybe something was in the water the year my kids were born....the "I don't wanna....." virus or something.