so it was parental indoctrination night at school. we sat on tiny chairs with bright tennis balls on the feet, i suppose that keeps them quiet? kindergarten classroms are such great places, so bright and hopeful. i was a bit stressed, having had to park two blocks away, being a bit late, and still needing to get to the dentist (i know, i know, i’m going), and also discovering that i was wearing some neon-bright hot pocket cheese on my shirt so feeling unkempt, i didn’t pay close enough attention to anything. it’s ok, there were handouts, i can read up on this when i get my mind back from my teeth.
thing that struck me: i understand they need classroom volunteers because teachers aides cost money. this is ok, and a good way to keep the parents involved. i understand there will be fundraisers, it seems the lifeblood of any sort of extracurricular programs, to have to scrape up the money first. i understand that.
but when they mentioned the items they will be needing donated all year long, i felt somewhat distressed. bottled water for the dispenser? little 3oz paper cups for the water? film for the school camera? the teachers have to pay for the developing out of their own pocket? these things are no longer part of a school’s budget?
when they instituted the california lotto years and years ago, it was promoted as ‘helping our schools’. you’d think that that would be extra money, i’m almost certain it was supposed to be, but just as some pessimists wrote on the ‘con’ section of the ballot measure (i remember reading this), the money will just end up replacing current funding sources, not augmenting it. and sure enough.
well, it’s heartening to see that parents are willingly chipping in to make sure schools have adequate supplies (and water! water!). we’ll make do with what we’ve got. and maybe this is the only way to do it, with strong community support. but this is a fairly affluent area — what about places where the parents can’t help as much as they can around here?