It isn’t very often that I do a blog post that isn’t all about Amara, it is her blog! Yet I wanted to write this so that Amara can read it years from now and so that maybe I can influence other Grandparents, too.
I love helping out at Amara’s school. I love doing things in the classroom as well as helping the PTA with special events. This year I have enjoyed picking up and delivering pizzas to the classroom; I have had fun selling fruit bars with Jenna after school; I helped raise funds selling spirit wear on movie night; I took pictures at skate night and at the Father Daughter Dance. I had an especially good time with the squirt bottles and the water balloons! The very best part of volunteering is it means I often get to be there to witness all the good stuff first hand. I have had so much fun.
Grandma J over at What Happens at Grandma’s suggested that I was…
“introducing something many schools don’t have -GRANDparent volunteers!”
While I love Grandma J she is wrong. I didn’t introduce the idea, my Aunt did. I have a wonderful Aunt that Amara has never met. She lives in Michigan and has been a Grandmother for over 22 years. Aunt Phyllis is about 4’11″, wears tennis shoes, sings like a nightingale and has a heart the size of Kansas. AND at 92 years of age still happily walks the four blocks to the local Elementary School so she can read to the students, usually second graders! Aunt Phyllis has had the GRANDparent volunteering thing down for years now! I have always loved what she does and I know she has made a huge difference in the lives of many of her students, they have stopped her to tell her so. She is thrilled that students she read to years ago will call “Hello” to her across the street or stop to give her a big hug. According to her “This is my payment!” She is where I get my inspiration to volunteer. I really hope more Grandparents will consider getting involved at school, especially if you are lucky enough to be a local Grandparent like I am. Your grandchildren really will love having you there and their friends will think it is cool, too!
Aunt Phyllis no longer has children in school but she continues to volunteer to read to the current group of students. She plans to do it as long as she can walk those four blocks. Some of those students probably don’t have anyone else who reads to them. She knows how important it is and what a difference an hour or two can make to those children. So even if you’re not a local Grandparent if you’re able to lend a hand – do it! It will make you feel really good inside!