Probably a bit too enthusiastically, I joined the PTFA the week my stepdaughter got in to Woodcote. Being a step parent can sometimes mean you’re quite remote from the day to day education of the child in your life and as someone who was blessed with a great education, I wanted to become more involved and give something back. I was also painfully aware that state school funding is at crisis point with many schools incapable of affording even the basics needed so as well as wanting to contribute to the larger school community, I was also keen to see if my commercial background at work could bring new ideas to fundraising.
I had intended to get involved slowly. Help at events. Meet a few people. No doubt gradually getting more and more involved as time went by. And then at my second meeting someone suggested I stand for chair at the AGM in January 2017. And then the chair as she then was stood down and I realised that suggestion was serious! It’s been a bit of an initiation by fire. But 90% of the time, it’s the most rewarding thing I do after spending time with my family.
We’d love for you to join us. (I promise I won’t ask you to stand for chair J). If you can help out at events – that’s wonderful – we always need more helpers. But there’s no minimum contribution. If you can help at just one event a year, we still want you on board. But if that’s not something you can contribute to either now or in the future, there’s still a huge amount you can do. Join the Giving Machine and have your Amazon shopping and shopping at hundreds of other online shops raise money for the PTFA without any cost to you. (Imagine it – guilt free late night Ebay buying J). Follow us on Twitter – share and like our posts. Follow us on Facebook – do likewise. Come as a guest to PTFA events. Make donations for events or raffle prizes if you can. But above all else, join the community. When our kids leave junior school, we lose the playground banter at the end of the day and we often stop making new friends. This is a great opportunity to continue to enjoy that social aspect. Because believe me, when the PTFA event is done, and all the kit is neatly packed away – it’s definitely Prosecco time.