Many schools and school boards in Ontario host appreciation nights for their parent volunteers and school council members. Appreciation can be shown in various ways throughout the school year as well. Sometimes the nature of volunteer work on a school council can be met with tension and not always appreciated. Parent representatives have to be voices of dissent at times and tread tricky waters as volunteers in education.
I often can’t find this short school council “poem” when I am looking for it. I have no idea who wrote it, but I thought I would post to my blog for easier retrieval and sharing. I have sent it to parents in the past, especially when they were feeling conflicted about their continued involvement on a school council. My days of school council involvement are well behind me, but in case anyone else would like to make use of it:
No one said that recruiting volunteers would be easy.
No one hands out gold medals.
No one waves flags for the work accomplished.
But you know. You are keenly aware of the value of the work
of the volunteer who makes a commitment to a school council.
*author unknown (let me know if you know of the source though)