Kindness

Kindness – The act of being kind by good or charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others. The giver and receiver both benefit from a kind act, resulting in the release of neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of contentment and relaxation when such acts are committed.

Such a simple thing that each of us can share in and yet with our busy lives and hectic schedules we sometimes forget to show it. I thought of this topic the other day when I was out running errands and meeting with a client. I noticed how my mood shifted from high to low depending on my interactions with people. Next time your out ‘check in’ with yourself and see how you are feeling throughout the day, you may be surprised to find yourself in a positive mood even after dealing with a negative person. This could possibly be due to the fact that you didn’t allow yourself to get caught up in their stuff. When we run into a negative situation and find ourselves slipping into a low or bad mood we can simply show kindness and you’ll find your mood shifts immediately.

We have all dealt with companies that provide fabulous customer service and when we find businesses like that don’t we want to share our experiences about them with others? Great service is showing an act of kindness by taking an interest in someone. Kindness is catchy, if we show it to others usually they will do the same, if not back to us, to others they meet throughout their day. Whether we are dealing with our children, spouse, co-worker, parent or anyone else we meet it’s a win/win for all; we all benefit from sharing kindness!

PAC’ing up the school year!

It’s that time of year when PAC members are wrapping up the last of their fundraisers, voting in new PAC volunteers and looking ahead to another year. With that in mind it’s a great opportunity to plan and organize for the upcoming school year. If  you have your PAC ready to go for Septembers upcoming school year, take some time to meet and discuss what is available in the budget and jot down a few ideas. Take a look together at what was done this past year, what worked, what didn’t, what could be done differently.

Getting a jump start will benefit all volunteers, give you direction and help you focus on what needs to be done when September rolls around. Some things to consider: What kinds of fundraisers would you like to have next year and how many? Do you have parents willing to take on the hot lunch program, are you going to bring a company in to look after it or are you going to go online with it? Are you planning on a ‘welcome back bbq’ for September? If so, plan some ideas around it, what kind of food will you want, who will supply it, etc.

September is always a busy time. Wrapping up summer holidays, purchasing school supplies, getting the kids organized for school and trying to get into the swing of a routine again can be challenging. If you are part of the school PAC, strategizing as a group early on will not only help create a strong team but will eliminate that mad panic in Fall.

 

Volunteering (The journey that led me to BackPAC)

Setting out on this journey did not come overnight. When many parents are trying to get out of volunteering at their children’s school, who in their right mind decides to ‘jump in’?

For me, there was always something about being in an elementary school that was just ‘magical’. There is something special about the coloured paper, the smell of crayons, playing tag at recess and those ‘hamburger hot lunches with the chocolate covered donuts’. Obviously times have changed a bit, however, you are only a child once and those memories of elementary school should carry a special place in your heart.

Those wonderful memories for me came rushing back when my son started school and I decided that if I couldn’t be a teacher I needed to be volunteering somewhere in the school. Helping out in class, going on field trips and decorating classrooms was fulfilling and fun, so much so that I decided to take on more responsibilities within the PAC.

As time went on I started to see something that was shocking. Could it be that parents didn’t like helping out in elementary schools as much as I did? Gasp….No! What about the chalkboards, the sweet art projects hanging in the hallways and the carnivals? I was hit with the sad realization our society has changed, parents are busy and have responsibilities other then hanging out as a volunteer at their children’s schools.

With my love for ‘all things elementary school’ in my heart, I ventured out to start a business that would allow me to do what I love and more importantly where I love – back at school!

Volunteering

The beginning of the school year for me brings back great memories of picking out my new lunch kit, shopping for new clothes, seeing school friends and of course excited to see who my teacher was going to be. Just thinking about it and I’m back in elementary school! Forward ahead and now I’m reliving those memories through my son.

As a parent I wanted to be there every step of the way with him, attend concerts, go on field trips and explore with him all the fun activities that go on at elementary school. One great way to become involved is to join the PAC. It can be very intimidating, especially when you’re new to a school, but even signing up to volunteer in the class or offer to drive for a field trip you eventually learn the ropes and want to do more!

Helping out at your child’s school brings so many rewards and is beneficial for your child. It shows your children that you take an interest in their education and shows them that you consider school to be a worthwhile cause. By volunteering you gain firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities and tap into the trends and fads of school life; which can help you communicate better with your child.

It’s never too late to become involved, even if it’s just a small amount. You will definitely reap the benefits, as will your child.