Case of the PTA

Last night, Hubby and I attended a PTA meeting at RJ’s daycare.  It was our first one since he has been enrolled.  The main purpose of this particular meeting was to elect officers for the current school year.  *I’m now the assistant to the Event Coordinator.*  I’ve always known I would be an active parent.  I want to be in the know.  RJ spends 9+ hours a day at that school.  It is important for me to know what is going on.

I must say, I was a little disappointed that more parents didn’t attend.  There are 73 children at his daycare ranging in age from  8 weeks to 4 years old.  There were 8 parents in that meeting, including Hubby and I.  Besides the two of us, the mother of twin boys in RJ’s class was the only “new” face.  *She is also an officer now!*  I know people have busy lives and I’m fortunate that I now have the time to attend these meetings.  However, if I was still working my previous job, I would have Hubby attend the meetings.  *They have a staff member watch the kids while we attend the meeting.*  I asked if the turn out for that meeting was indicative of the overall turn out for  the PTA and it was.  I was told at one point, there wasn’t a PTA for a some time due to lack of interest.  Last school year the meeting attendance was low, but parents did donate items or pay what the PTA asked of them for various events and fundraisers.  Here is my question for parents reading this: Is giving your money good enough, or not enough?! 

I, personally, don’t feel it is enough!  Yes, I’m a new mom and right now we only have one child, but if I had 8 kids I don’t think my opinion would change. It may take a little more work to make it happen and I may not be able to show up all the time, but Hubby and/or I would show up.   I just think it is unacceptable for the average meeting turn out to be 10 parents when there are 73 children at the school.

I don’t know, I’m new to this. Am I wrong? Am I making too much of it? I just remember my mom attending PTA meetings and band booster club meetings.  I remember going to open houses and how excited I was to have my teachers meet my parents. I loved that fact that my mom showed up!  That is what I want for my child.  I know I may not be able to attend every meeting but I want to know the people who are making decisions that affect my child.  Call me crazy, but I think every parent should want to know the same.

2 Comments

  • Reply Amber September 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I totally agree with you. I think that parents put way too much responsibility in the hands of teachers to educate their children. You should WANT to meet and get to know the people that spend so much time with your children…whether you have one or five! I plan to be very active as well, with my daughter’s school and activities as she grows up.

  • Reply MrsTDJ September 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t think you’re making too much of it. Parents need to be involved and engaged as active participants in their child’s educational and social experience. Glad that you are now an officer and hope that you guys are able to grow your members.

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