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New School Year--PIE support?
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by Leslie, Palo Verde,
on Aug 19, 2007
I (and many of you) received my packets from PAUSD and Paly this week. I am filling out the forms, this sunday morning, dutifully writing the checks to Paly, PTSA, etc., and the PIE request appears.
I gave them money last year, and the year before...for as many years as they asked. Now, I am not so sure. I am one of the parents who feels disenfranchised due to the PAUSD escapades last year. Specifically, the MI debate and the irregularities in the decision process.
So, now for the first time I am considering voting with my checkbook.
Anyone else care to comment on this?
Posted by RWE
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2007 at 8:48 am
What a darned shame that a certain minority of parents who are usually well-meaning cannot entertain without rancor the fact that PTA volunteers, teachers, site administrators, and student leaders sit doen for a meeting once a month at some PAUSD campuses and bring in a guy to serve lattes - at a cost of $3.00 per person.
I'm in the private sector, and have worked with volunteers - in varying capacities - for years, in both public and private settings. I have often been to large coordinating and feedback meetings with these volunteers and their managing staff, meetings where $150-$200 dollars worth of coffee and donuts were de rigueur, and welcomed.
This is the first time, ever, over a period of some decades, that I have ever seen volunteers and the staff they served castigated for something like this.
A case can be made in any volunteering group - like the PTA - that funds shuold only be expended on hard assets and services, but in most organizations there lies a sense that professional bonding, especially with key volunteer groups, pays dividends in ways that often lead to better ideas, an an untimate growth of the volunteer force, with all the concomitant benefits thereof.
For the **fortunately small** minority of parents on this thread who, like Bill, "PIE too soggy", "Another parent", and others who don't see things in the way I have justs described, it's their right to protest.
Frankly, I'm rather shocked by what can be labeled as nothing more than a "penny wise, pound foolish" personal fiscal philosophy, and a general ignorance about the real value that meetings like the ones described above - with supporting comestables (the "table" is a bonding experience, look into gastronomic history) - exhibited by this seemingly smalll minority.
I showed this thread to a four neighbors last evening. One of those neighbors is a well-heeled entrepreneur; two others are social workers, and the third is a local small businessman who makes a modest living. All four were taken back at what one called "the small mindedness" that would drive concern over coffee served at a meeting. One of my neighbors brought forward something that I have raised in this thread; that she knows two teachers who make considerable financial donations to their respective classrooms, gratis, without compensation.
I point this out because I have not heard or seen one word of appreciation for the freebies that teachers, site administrators and hard-working volunteers give back to PAUSD.
That said, I'm thankful for our great teaching and volunteer staff in the PTA, and certainly hope they continue to enjoy their meetings.
Perhaps those here that disagree that the people who teach and socialize their kids shouldn't share an occasional meeting (on their own time, btw) and as part of that meeting enjoy a small treat, might after some reflection on the big picture, change their mind,, or donate toward those meetings, which do provide real benefit.
For those that would hold their funds back FROM THEIR OWN CHILDREN'S EDUCATION, because they think an occasional latte shared by volunteers whoh help their children, and their children's teachers, is excessive, I can only say I'm sorry for them, as generosity comes from those who feel satisfied and secure enough to give.
For those whoh feel their own financial situation enables them to pass judgment in a negative way on those who share simple pleasures, I would ask only that you reflect hard on what impact statements like I've seen above might have on the morale of a volunteer and teaching corps that gives - with few exceptions - selflesslesly of itself, so that your children may grow and thrive in this world.
I would also ask you to consider that teachers themselves are largely underpaid, most here having to live elsewhere, and commute loing distances to teach your children. Tthose teachers are contributing far more than the $3.00 some of them get in value for the latte they receive, while working on thier *own time*,, looking for ways to better improve the experience of your children in the classroom,