I’m a full on dad type now. Heh. I’m even Secretary of the Parent-Teachers Association. Saturday we had a PTA meeting at the school. This is my second try being involved with the whole PTA thing and this time around it is WAY better.
A couple years ago my daughters were attending Makati Elementary School. Being the token white guy parent I got elected all the way up to the “executive council” for the PTA at this school. I tried to put together a parent volunteer program to do after school tutoring for the kids. God knows the teachers weren’t doing much teaching. Can’t really blame them as they had like 60 unruly kids in every class. The PTA asked me to MC the event “honoring” the new PTA members. I asked if I could pass around a sign-up sheet to get parents involved in the tutoring program. I was told that would be disrespectful to the inductees. Really?!?! Yeah, they were more concerned about honoring themselves than educating their children. Quit that PTA and put my kids in private school. So much for public education in the Philippines.
Fast-forward to this year and my kids are enrolled in West Drive Educational Foundation, Inc‘s school. This school is SO different. The parents really give a damn about their kids. Normally the PTA does a single yearly project to raise funds to buy something the school needs. This year we came up with like 8 different projects and they’re not all about just raising funds. We’ve put together projects that the parents can work on with their kids. We’ve got projects to teach the yayas (nannies) how to earn a living. We’ve got projects to generate donations for charities AND the kids will be participating in giving the gifts so they learn the value of charity and how it helps people on a one-on-one basis. I’m really stoked about all this!
Best of all, on of the big concerns the parents had was that we properly communicate to the parents everything we’re doing for the kids, where their money is going, etc. That’s where I can really help! Scope out www.WEFIschool.com. This is the site I built for the school. Aside from having a site, I’ve setup email newsletters the parents can subscribe to and a Facebook Page. All this will help keep parents in the loop. Additionally, as PTA Secretary I’ll also be preparing “circulars” for the kids to take home to the parents. Pretty cool stuff!
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