Volunteering

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Volunteering
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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 1:41pm

For the past 6 years my children have been in a school with volunteering during school hours. You could be a class parent, plan parties, go on field trips, spirit day, lunch room, recess, coaching, etc.



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Registered: 08-22-2009
In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 5:26pm

I think volunteering is great. Although I am not actively volunteering at the moment I have done quite a bit in the past.

But very little of it was in school. I found other outlets I enjoyed more.

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Registered: 06-04-2003
In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 5:41pm
So you would not have a problem if an admistrator had you making copies instead of working in your kids classroom during the holiday party. So some of the moms it would be okay to work with the kids and other not. How would you make the decision.
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Registered: 06-04-2003
In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 5:45pm

If I wanted my child to be taught by ignorant people who had no clue what they were doing, I'd have homeschooled him.

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Registered: 07-12-2005
In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 5:52pm
Me too. My DH and kids are looking at me funny. I'm supposed to be finishing up some work (and am trying, just needed a break).
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In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 5:57pm
Thanks for the reminder. I meant to volunteer for something this year. I don't usually, but probably better get in there and see what the heck is going on. My impression is the parents at our school are pretty fair minded and treat the kids well, and also are not involved in activities all throughout the day but mostly in helping communicate with parents and plan the parties.

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Registered: 05-10-2009
In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 6:03pm

That's why it has to be *sold".

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In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 6:30pm

Have a rule that parents can't volunteer in their child's classroom. That would end some of the favoritism and the volunteers who's only reason for volunteering is to be with their child. The last time I volunteered in the classroom was when Dylan was in K. I did a field trip in 1st grade and supervised Dylan at a band rehearsal in 4th grade. The charter school Dylan now goes to requires a certain number of volunteer hours of all the parents but almost none of them are in the classroom. Last year I did costumes (of course) for the drama class. And signed up to the same thing this year.

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In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 9:39pm

What you describe definitely happens, but only in schools where there is a failure of leadership on the part of

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Registered: 02-04-2009
In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 11:31pm

I preferred to do "behind the scenes" kinds of gruntwork volunteering. I would introduce myself to the teacher, give her my phone number (because John's elementary school years occurred before the internet :), and tell her when she had folders to stuff, envelopes to stuff, project packets to put together--stuff like that, to give me a call and I'd be happy to do it. I also let her know I could sew and I've sewn up legions of chorus vests, flags for the marching band--just all kinds of things. I've even hemmed skirts and pants for the kids in orchestra. Most of it was work I could pick up from school on my way home from work, do the next couple of nights and return to the school on my way to work.

As you noted, I didn't get the precious "face time" that so many of the parents were looking for, but I provided an important function to John's teachers (and a couple of her friends at the school when they needed help) and I was able to get it done on my time at home--usually in front of the TV.

I had a boss about that same time period who once remarked "You can accomplish anything if you don't care who gets the credit." LOL, I've found that to be quite true, especially as it pertains to school volunteerism.

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In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 6:08am
about religious education, that does stink and those threats about going to he$$ do rile me up too, there is no basis for that, sigh..CCE starts in about a week here, i love teaching the littler kids but the director was in desperate need of a 7th grade teacher and asked, almost begged if i would take it.

 

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