Volunteering has been enjoyable, but almost did not happen. Long story short, I had to contend with a exclusionary PTO and a go-along Principle before I could even begin to volunteer doing the things I am capable of doing. Since my daughter is at this particular school on a waiver, the PTO felt that I was not a true part of that School’s community, therefore, I needed to be limited on what my participation in the school and PTO was/is.
Thankfully, there was one teacher, a tenured teacher, who did not have to care about what the PTO and the Principal thought and she made it possible for me to volunteer in her classroom. It is three years later and I am still volunteering in her classroom.
When I first started reading with her children, I only gave books to the children with the most problems. However, now due to the continuous and generous donations from my siblings (THANKS FAM), for the second year in a row, I am again able to donate a book to all of the children in her class.At this time, I would like to thank the PTO for shutting me out and propelling me to find better, more effective ways to make a difference for my daughter and the children at her school. No gossip, no bullshit, I am there for the kids.
Hey PTO, I see you looking - watch me work... Oh, and by the way, see ya next year!