Day 11 was practically done for me. Jordan’s school put on a movie night in the gym. Nothing major, just a couple of short cartoons put on by the PAC to raise a bit of money for the school and have a fun family night. And it was a fun night, but that’s not why we went.
They provided popcorn and ice water, benches were set out and many of the kids (including ours) went in their pajamas. Some people even brought pillows and blankets or sleeping bags to get really cozy. There was a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family that would go to the school.
They showed the Grinch cartoon and a snowman silent cartoon that I’d never seen before. The kids didn’t even pay much attention to the movies, they were having fun with their friends and getting refills of popcorn from the carnival style popcorn maker.
The thing is, not many people came. I was, as I usually am with these fundraisers, a bit disappointed with the turnout. It seems that the same handful of people are always the ones attending or donating either their time, money or both.
I think it’s very important to support our children’s school. I also think it’s important for us to teach the kids to do the same. Sure, we could have watched those movies at home and had our own popcorn and drinks. In fact, I was planning on doing just that before I saw the posters at the school. It would have been cheaper and easier for us. In the long run, I think it’s better to spend a bit of money and put in a bit of effort to teach our children about community.
Community is important, especially when you have kids. “It takes a village to raise a child”. Our school is small and very community oriented. That makes it somewhat unique and I appreciate how special it is that my children have it as their first experience with public education. So, I want to support it whenever and however I can.
The parents are great. Some will trade off babysitting days, or just keep an eye on each other’s children at the playground. Many of the parents at Jordan’s school will do that without being asked. They know the other parents, if not by name at least by recognition, and they know which child belongs to which parent.
The kids are also very comfortable with the school and many of the “regulars” there. Even Cam, my 3 year old, knows a lot of the adults and other children and is confident to go ahead of me into Jordan’s class in the mornings. She knows where she’s going and who she should expect to see once she’s there.
I love the confidence community instills in my children. I enjoy bringing them to events not only at the school but also in the area. Many times we will run into other families we know and the kids really love running into their friends outside of school.
There are a lot of free or inexpensive events happening in our community during December. Some of them will be in our advent this year. Take a look around your neighbourhood or area and see if there’s anything going on that you’d like to be a part of.
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