Volunteering at School is a Gift

By Kim Roberts

I have been asked to be the president of the parents’ club at my daughter’s high school, much to my daughter’s chagrin. I happily accepted the position and, even though this is a disjointed year, to say the least, we are doing what we can to contribute and lift the girls’ spirits.

Now, this is not my first rodeo. I have been president twice for my children’s elementary school and held many positions and volunteered countless hours at all of my three children’s schools over the years.

My husband has often said, if I was paid for all the hours that I volunteered, we would be rich. Funny, yes, but I don’t think about the number of hours I’ve volunteered, I only think about the memories that have been made.

I know that my time having school-aged children is fleeting. I’ve always embraced the idea of being a part of their school lives, whenever and wherever I could.

Volunteering at school gives parents a road into their children’s lives away from home, and you get a real sense of what is happening on campus. Over the years, I have gotten to know most of my children’s teachers and administrators and, for that, I am grateful.

Right now, my youngest is less than thrilled that I am president of the parents’ club, but she knows that’s who I am and accepts seeing me around campus. I know deep down she is glad I’m there and care enough about her education that I am willing to put in the time on campus.

Thankfully, my older children who are now college graduates, have told me that they appreciated all that I did for their schools.

Really, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Volunteering at schools is its own reward.

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