Yes, you heard me right.
Wether you call them the PTA, PFA, PTSA, OR THE PURPLE MONKEYS.
More likely than not your kid’s school has an army. An army of un-paid and quite possibly under appreciated volunteers that keep a large part of that school in motion.
Oh sure, they may have their share of drama, or may not be doing things quite the way you’d like them to. But the fact of the matter remains, they work for free. They use what spare time they can muster, while simultaneously holding down the fort in this crazy sideshow gig called parenthood.
Putting on school carnivals, funding extra classroom supplies, supervising the parking situation at open house, attending boring meetings, and remembering to be polite when someone plans to right the the wrongs with the entire system without volunteering to help. Not to mention, organizing newsletters that keep entire communities connected. I could go on, but you get the point. These are just a few of the seemingly simple tasks that in reality take monumental amounts of organization and time.
And on top of it all, they are probably already planning and working on next year. Yes, before this school year even ends your PTA is working on the next.
Why do they do it?
Well, for the company car of course. (Insert Lamborghini here)
To help make your kid’s school a better place. To make sure there are enough yard duties at lunch to watch that your kid doesn’t get left out of basketball. To keep supply closets full of paints and brushes that make rainbows and dioramas meaningful and memorable. To create community and events that foster engagement and fond memories. To keep teachers supported and happy so they can better serve your kids. To make sure you get informed of every opportunity to support and show up for your own kid, at the Dance Performance, at the Ice Cream Social, at Open House.
Sure, you may not like that they had to charge for the trunk-or-treat this year, or that the fundraisers seemed to hardly allow you to close your checkbook, ever. But, the PTA president didn’t like missing her kids last baseball game of the season so she could supervise parking at Back to School Night. Therefore, at the end of the school year, which is fast approaching, I bet you owe someone a “thank you”.
So, go on. Hug your PTA today. Even if just in theory.