When I was in elementary school I remember sitting through PTA meetings with my mom. I actually remember thinking that I couldn’t wait to be a mom and be on the PTA. It just seemed so COOL.
That was in the ’80’s and ’90’s and since then PTA Moms get a bad wrap.
PTA moms are portrayed as snotty, cliquey stay-at-home-moms with nothing better to do than to attend 2 hour long meetings where we tell you to give us money for some crazy project, and dictate the gluten levels permitted in you child’s sandwich. Trust me, I am the LAST person who should be judging what other people pack their kids for lunch…mine have already had some questionable selections this year.
In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. As a PTA mom over the past 4 years, I have completed many projects and not one has involved gluten levels. I have volunteered countless hours helping improve our school and give our teachers and students support.
How I Get Involved
- baked desserts and cooked food for various teacher appreciation events
- supervised field trips
- organized a silent auction that raised close to five times the anticipated funds
- spent time supervising and assisting students learning to code online
- attended meetings over the summer to determine schedules and budgets to keep our school moving
- helped out with holiday parties and gender reveal parties
- set up, tore down, and helped students shop the annual book fair
- recreated an entire website to give it a modern feel
- supervised a group of students for their weekly walking school bus and running club to promote healthy choices
- dressed up in a shark costume to help kids get excited for a 5K – and then woke up at 5am to work the 5K
- and so much more!
It just kills me when I am talking to another parent and they tell me that they are too busy to be involved with PTA. Are you kidding me!? PTA is not just working in the school during school hours. It can be attending community events and showing school pride. It can be helping at evening events like Storybook Parade and Skate Night. It can be making a few calls on your lunch break to help get corporate sponsors for the 5K. It can be contributing to the various teacher appreciation events that USUALLY involving just dropping something off.
My advice is to start small and go to a meeting and hide in the corner. Observe and see what upcoming activities your feel you could help with. At our meetings we frequently have signup sheets and a job board to let you choose what suits your skill set and time availability best. The important part is that you take an active role in helping improve your child’s school experience.