I love being involved at the school. By volunteering and being in the PTA/PTO you get to know your children's friends, many of the friends' parents, help the teachers with copies, paperwork, etc so they can stay focused on the more important job of teaching your child.
I am president of the cheerleader boosters now for high school and involvement is even more important at this level. We are preparing for college visits, I work closely with coaches, principal, other booster clubs to make sure things are in order and again.......teachers can focus on the important aspect of the students.
We have parents I've known since daughter was in KG who have had no involvement. It is a shame because you can tell those kids wish they had a parent being the teacher helper, room mom/dad, mom/dad helping in the lunch room, etc.
Our joining fee is $10 which is nothing compared to what we gain. I feel it is my responsibility to be a vital part of my daughter's education. I don't enjoy the fundraising part, I'd rather give money which is what we normally do...Last year for Orchestra we just donated $500 to the general fund and thaat money funded 3 other teens to be able to go on the yearly trip. We donate to the cheer and general funds as well to do our best to make sure other student have an opportunity. I firmly believe it is a responsibility of all parents to be proactive in their children's education. It is sad when I see parents opting out of participation because they are "too busy". Blah
I have enjoyed being a part of each school my daughter has attended, (elementary through high school) and getting to know the students, staff and teachers. I believe it is a valuable asset for a parent to get in the know at the school. The parent volunteers are usually first to know a lot of pertinent information as well. Of course, volunteering is not to be nosy and get info.....the basis of it is to help the teachers and staff provide a better atmosphere for our children. I have spent countless hours volunteering at the school and I don't regret one moment of it.