This blog is kind of selfish, which by the way is funny as all blogs are selfish and self serving....GUILTY!
So I have been very active in the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) since my oldest child started kindergarten in 2003. I can't believe I have been involved for 8 years now. I originally joined to meet people. At that time I had already entered the ranks of the stay-at-home-mom and I was finding that I yearned for adult contact again. There was only so much conversation I could have with the hubster. The poor guy may have gone crazy if I regaled him with another story of poopy color and consistency and what happened in the world of children flushing foreign objects down a toilet. Yes, other adults would surely benefit from those stories too! I knew I was ready to hear some myself.
I instantly loved what the PTA stood for and what it seemed to give to me. I found that the brain cells that I thought were wasting away in my head were eager to learn more and were firing on all cylinders! I found a purpose beyond those toilets that never stay clean and I became known for more than just being my kids' mom. It was exciting!
I entered my first year and it was great. I took on a committee that I was told was a fun and easy committee (that's how we get you). I soon found out that I was taking on a huge committee and it was worth every bit of time I spent on it. After that year, I moved on to becoming PTA President and soon I was chairing committees (yes, in the multiple form), I was training others to do what I had done through an extended network of PTA called the Northeastern Region and State PTA. I was asked to lead training workshops (me in my jeans and knit top....which I found out was an error in judgement). I was becoming a Professional Volunteer. I was in love with this organization and I was growing with it. I was not only doing good things for my childrens' schools I was doing good things for myself. I was reclaiming a voice that went silent when I thought no one was listening anymore. I found my "people."
I have now been with the PTA in various roles for 8 years and I have been given another opportunity to grow and develop some more (just when I thought I was leveled out). I am proudly accepting the appointment of Region Director for the Northeastern Region PTA. This is a group that works with over 130 area PTA units with training, leadership and development. It is an amazing group of men and women.
I have been with the Region for 6 of my 8 years in the PTA. It has been a real gift for me. I am the first to tell you that the PTA is not your mother's or grandmother's PTA. We are a diverse group of volunteers that wear many different hats. Some of us are parents, some are educators, some are concerned citizens but all of us are there for one reason....children. We found common ground in a group that advocates and cares for children and children's issues inside and outside the classroom. We are there for children, we are there for each other but we are there for ourselves too. We are making a difference--in our lives and in the lives of children everywhere. I am honored to be part no matter how large or small. I know that I helped shape the future and that makes me feel like I matter on a larger scale.
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