Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Why I Volunteer and what I get out of it

I have always been a helper. It think it's kinda in my DNA. You invite me to a party, I will ask what I can bring, help you set out the food, and stay to clean up after. When the girls started preschool, then kindergarten, I became a room mom. By 1st grade I was ready to dip my toe into the PTA waters and joined the school's parent group as the secretary. I have since moved to the Treasurer position, Assistant Troop Leader of their Girl Scout Troop, Concession Leader for their Swim Team, and Yearbook Club Advisor. Your basic love to hate her mom who spends way too much time at school for someone who does not get paid to be there.

Volunteering so much takes up a lot of my time, but for the most part, I love it. It gives me a chance to be involved with the process of their organizations, and I get to spend more time with them. But beyond that, I hope I am setting a good example for my girls. It's a lot of hard work, for no pay, and often comes with complaining parents, most of whom rarely if ever volunteer, but love to tell me how everything should be done. I heard a quote recently from Theodore Roosevelt that said "Work hard at work worth doing." and that is what I really get out of volunteering.

It is a tough job most of the time but the work is totally worth doing. It means so much to not only my kids, but the other kids. If I had not gotten involved with the Girls Scouts, we would not have that opportunity at my children's school. Same goes for the yearbook club, and for having a yearbook at all for that matter. It takes parents to step up and give their time, even when they only have a little time to offer. Trust me, even if you have an hour to give, I'll bet the organizations you are involved in would take it.
  Another big part of volunteering for me is getting to interact with all different types of kids. Having four children myself, I sometimes lump all kids together and think of them as all having the same likes, dislikes and attitudes. Working so often with so many other children really expands my horizon. Some days I wonder why I do it, but then, I get to give a child an experience they would otherwise not have, or even just give them a bag of popcorn from the concession stand, and they give me a big smile in return, and it's all worth it.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Yearbook Club- Picking a theme

I am moving my business into a new direction focusing on yearbooks and team memory books. Part of that change is offering my services as an on site Yearbook Advisor leading the student yearbook club. I hosted my first meeting of an on campus yearbook club today and let the 20 kids pick the theme for their yearbook. I had 4 ideas to choose from and made sample pages to give them an idea of what the end product will look like.

The Journey Theme would involve travel embellishments like passports, maps, and travel journals.  
The Be Inspired Theme would involve takes on the word Be, as in Be Inspired, Be Happy, Be Thoughtful and have lots of bright colors and graphics.
The At the Movies Theme would involve movie embellishments like ticket stubs, filmstrips and screens.  

The Comic book theme would be bright and colorful with lots of call outs and graphics.
I thought I had a pretty good variety of options, but the kids had some other suggestions as well. Among them were Technology/Social Media where pages would look like an phone screen with apps and the colors and fonts would be reminiscent of social media pages.
Newspaper/Magazine where the book would be designed like a paper with newsprint or magazine layout style pages. And from one of my own children Party, consisting of party elements like balloons, streamers etc. with bright colors throughout the pages.

We took a vote and technology won by a landslide with over 60% of the kids voting on that theme.

The kids then choose what committees they wanted to work in, photos, graphics, advertising, class pictures etc. Not surprisingly they all want to have some part in taking pictures and working on the graphics program. But there is enough work to go around so we will have plenty of people to get the work done.

Can't wait to get started and see what we can do!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Simple meaningful gifts are the best ones

The girls have lots of individual friends, but they have just a few that they all consider a best friend. This year at school they all become BFF's with a little girl named Mia. From the first day of school, I heard about their new friend. As the year went on and the kids switched seats Mia was able to sit at the same table as each of the girl, thus solidifying her BFF status with each girl. I was able to chaperon three field trips this year and each time, I was assigned a group of kids to lead, my 4, Mia and one other child. Whenever I came to school for a function, I was greeted with 5 hugs, one guess as to who the 5th hug was from. She is a sweet girl and my children adore her, so when they got invited to her birthday party this weekend they were thrilled. It was Frozen themed, so we hit the store Friday looking for the perfect gift. As Frozen is beyond popular with the 10 and under set, the only Frozen item we found, was a plush blanket. No doll, no game, no costume, no beach towel, nothing else was available. We found a few other little things that the girls thought she would like, but they were not "thrilled" with their choices. The next morning a thought hit me, I had a lot of pictures of the girls with Mia, surely I could do something with them for a present. An hour later I had a memory page of pictures that the girls liked so much they each wanted one for themselves. It cost me $8.50 at Walgreen's to have it printed into an 11x14 poster (using a coupon of course!) We picked it up on the way to the party and added it to the other gifts. It was a hit! What made this even more special was that found out Mia is moving to a new school next year, and chances are, we will loose touch. Hopefully this gift will help her remember her four friends from 2nds grade. Sometimes simple is better.