The end of the school year is always a busy time. There are state assessments, district end of year assessments showing student progress, planning and budgeting for the next school year, and many meetings. One program, however, is always a delight to prepare for – our parent volunteer breakfast.
Friendswood is a community which supports its schools and holds the education of their children in highest regard. I am amazed each and every year with the amount of parent volunteers we have in the building. Not only do we have an awesome PTO with website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and huge carnival – Clinefest, but we have an unbelievable amount of parent volunteers working with teachers and students in a variety of ways. They help with Friday folders, getting supplies organized for teachers, helping with parties, chaperone field trips, room mom/dad, STEAM Day, Splash Day, mystery reader, work with students one-on-one with sight words and math, archeology dig, Walk for Diabetes, prepping materials for the teacher, making literacy stations, reading buddies, scholastic book fair, veterans day, Dandy Dads – providing safety in the car rider line, and the list goes on.
During the appreciation breakfast, I spoke to the students and parents about how the parents are doing the most important thing they can do for their children and that is modeling for their child, how to volunteer and give back. As adults we often say things but don’t follow through with our actions. By following through with action, parents make a difference in a child’s life directly by the volunteering and indirectly by sending a message that “my time” is worth spending at my child’s school – thereby sending the message “school is important”.
The school provided a breakfast, teachers brought flowers and decorations, students wrote thank you cards and sang for their parents. By having students participate in our appreciation breakfast, we are giving students a practical learning experience, knowing that students will remember what is important: to thank people for their contributions to our school.
As the students sang a song about gratitude and bucketfilling, I was reminded once again, that I work in a very unique and wonderful school. As principal, I have so much to be thankful for, but especially that I work in a community where parents are dedicated and committed through action, to provide the best learning opportunities for all of the students in Friendswood.