My daughter's elementary school saddens me.
During the year, they
have various events such as field trips, science fairs, student art
shows, etc. The school is forever clamoring and whining in their weekly
newsletter for more parent help and participation. The school
secretary and principal are very vocal in person about this as well, and
VERY few people step forward--maybe 3-4 parents in the entire school.
I'm a stay-at-home mom because of my various chronic injury problems,
so I offer to help the school however and wherever I can. I've
volunteered as a Kindergarten helper, gone on field trips, taken
yearbook photos, done things around the school, all with no problems.
school has an event every year at this time to promote reading, where
they invite kids and parents to come out for an evening of books read
aloud and a take away dinner (hot dogs, tacos, etc.) to eat picnic style
on the grass. We loved it when we went when N. was in Kindergarten two
years ago, and I volunteered to be a reader last year. Unfortunately I
contracted pneumonia and was unable to do it, which really crushed me.
I love reading with a passion, and J. and I have read to N. every day
since she was born. As a result, she loves reading as well, and
is well beyond her grade level in reading and comprehension. This year,
the event is next Friday, and back at the beginning of this year I once
again volunteered. Both the principal and the school secretary were
appreciative and very eager for help, they said, "Sure! The more the
merrier, fantastic!". So I got the green light months ago and I was all
excited about it--books ready to go and no goddamn pneumonia this time.
I had popped into the office a few times over the year to remind the
secretary that I was still interested in it. I checked in again with
her two weeks ago so I wouldn't forget the date. Book nerd that I am,
I've literally been waiting all year for this.
The school secretary just called me to let me know I couldn't join in.
one of the teachers who is in charge, got upset and feels that it
should be a 'teachers only' event. That was the only explanation given
and I got the distinct impression that there was more going on under the
surface, if you know what I mean. It's almost like she wanted to keep
all her toys and not share. I think this particular teacher may have
some control issues as well...
I feel like I've been dis-invited
to a party. Why in God's name would you tell someone for months that
your participation would be wonderful, and then with a week to go tell
them not to come? Sad that the school constantly clamors for more money
and parent participation, then at the last minute, spits in the eye of
one of the few people who consistently volunteer.
Well...Hell, here are the books I was going to read:
Edward The Emu by Sheena Knowles
Edwina The Emu by Sheena Knowles
Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! by Mo Willems
Cook A Doodle Do by Janet Stevens
The Story Of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Pinduli by Janell Canon
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Raoul The Owl by Louis Untermeyer
had a little audience participation thing for the kids all planned and
everything. I so would have loved to share these wonderful books.