I think we can all agree
that volunteering at your child's school is extremely important — to everyone
involved. The teachers and staff need parental support, our kids need to see us
model positive citizenship as contributing members of the community, and
parents need to make a good enough impression in the principal's office to be
cut a little slack when we bring our kid in tardy a time or two (or 10).
However, the reality of
school volunteerism isn't always what parents expect it to be. Did you think
you'd be cutting out construction paper hearts? Getting the inside scoop on all
the school gossip in the teachers' lounge? Reading a story to quiet children who are listening attentively from their carpet squares?