“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar
Wednesday, April 30th
Last night I volunteered to greet parents and community members as they provided input and ideas around the design of my daughter’s school playground. The school is a K-8 (Kindergarten through 8th Grade), and the playground does not currently serve the varied needs of the students who go there. Lots of parents would show up to make their comments, right? Not on a sunny day apparently.
I know the organizers were cringing at the attendance numbers. Attendance shows volunteer support and is used to show community interest in the process and project at large. By the end of the meeting, I was glad that there was a smaller group. We entered more of a team-based conversation with one idea or comment rolling into the next. It felt more collaborative and authentic.
My daughter’s school has innumerable ways that parents can become involved and contribute. To make this playground really work, it has taken a team of parents to generate interest, write grants, reach out the surrounding communities, hire designers, and set these meetings. Once again, I’m happy to be helping out in small ways to achieve big things.
If you could build a dream team of collaborators, what would you do?