I know, sounds like a confession doesn’t it. As a working mom who’s spent years being intimidated by the SAH Alpha Moms I took what was, for me, a big leap of courage and threw hat into the PTA ring today. And you know what? It didn’t hurt at all. In fact it was kind of fun!
We have one of those schools who is for the most part upper middle class two income families who are, for the most part, happy to write a check when there need but who just don’t have the time to do a whole lot else. As a result we have a very high membership rate but a very low participation and volunteer rate. I am as guilty as the next parent. Don’t ask me to sell magazines, just tell me what my fair share of the fundraiser would be – what is the target goal profit per child – and I will just give you a check for that amount. Seriously – I do not want the overpriced ugly wrapping paper, nor do I have room in my freezer for 5 tubs of cookie dough – but I am willing to let my checkbook do it’s fair share of shouldering the burden of supporting our kids.
So I feel guilty about not giving from my time as much as I will from my wallet. So I took a deep breath and approached the president and asked what I could do. Turns out they need me. Me! How sweet is that. They need someone to help them raise parent engagement through enhanced communication! Hello! That would be me. Internet geek extraordinaire. So I stood there gushing about blogs and email and twitter and you know what they listened. They were even excited. They did not make me feel like the 7th grade reject. They liked me, they really liked me.
So I am officially a PTA committee member. Me. If you only knew me in person you’d know how funny that is. But I’m stupid excited about it.
Is your PTA doing something great to engage the parents? Psst… tell me about it. Help me get off to a great start!