Muffins, breads or coffee cake
veggies & dip
Candy (or bags of candy – like M&M’s)
Tray of Sandwiches and/or Wraps
cookies and/or Brownies
Cheese and Crackers
So, I know that you are thinking the above list must be a menu for a bridal shower brunch for 100 women or something along those lines. If so, you would be incorrect. It is actually a list of requested foods sent by the PTO at my son’s school for the teachers during conference week. Apparently, if these teachers have to speak to adults instead of children and stay at work until 5 or 6 instead of 3:30 in the afternoon, then they need an assortment of baked goods and sandwiches to make it through. It is apparently the parents’ responsiblity to make sure that the teachers have the sustenance to survive the extra two hours of work. These are apparently the most famished individuals who could ever meet.
That was last week.
This week’s donation is just as annoying. A student teacher has been helping out in my son’s kindergarten class for 12 weeks and is completing her required hours this week. So of course, I get an email requesting that all 22 kids bring in $5 to be applied towards a gift card thanking the student teacher.
Ok, I understand that this person worked for free with my child and that’s very nice, but its called an UNPAID INTERNSHIP. Something WE ALL have done, if we had any plans of having a career. Why is it that when people make the smallest accomplishment do they need to be rewarded with a box of doughnuts or a gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond?
What about the custodian at the school? After that guy cleans up his 12th puddle of barf during flu season do we give him anything? What about the bus drivers? After 12 weeks of driving around screaming children should we greet them at the bus stop with chocolates and a bottle of wine?
Don’t get me wrong, I love teachers. I value what they do and I personally could never do it myself. I am just very unaccustomed to this reward system.
Growing up, my father owned a factory and worked morning, noon and night. I’m pretty sure when he landed a new account or created a new product, nobody ever gave him a balloon or a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory. When it’s a snowy or rainy day, postal workers don’t come back to the post office to find hot chocolate and a Snuggi waiting for them.
Where does it end?? Can everyone give me some input on this….because maybe I’m just crazy. (And no you will not be getting any baked goods for your comments.)