After eleven years, this will be my last year as a Manual parent. During these years I have helped out with the Field Hockey Boosters, and with YPAS and VA activities. My involvement with the PTSA, however, has been on the fringes; helping out with Project Graduation and volunteering in the College and Career Center. To be honest, I was a little intimidated by the PTSA and afraid to jump in. This year, however, when the call came out for open positions, I decided to go for it. I figured, “It is just one year, how bad could it be?”
I am now serving as Secretary for the Board and VA liaison to the Board. Although we are just barely into the year, I am glad that I took the plunge. I have already met some great people and am very impressed by how helpful everyone is. I feel much better informed of the happenings all around the school and, as VA liaison, I am beginning to build a relationship with the teachers who teach my son every day.
Most importantly, it seems that the goal of everyone associated with the PTSA is to support Manual by doing the things that promote excellence, things that otherwise might not get done. I’ve enjoyed my time as a Manual parent. It is a great school but not a perfect school. My advice to all parents, teachers and students is to not be afraid to get involved with the PTSA. They really are a force for good throughout the school. Join us, get involved, make us aware of areas that need our support. Make Manual better. Time flies; don’t wait until next year or your last year. Jump in with both feet!