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Old 04-04-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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When I was growing up the last thing any of the parents wanted to do was be at the school. School was where you sent your kids so you could get some time away from them, not hang out with him or her all day. Besides, unless you were picking up your child a parent wasnt allowed at the school. There were no volunteers needed back then.

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Old 04-04-2014, 08:22 AM
 
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When I was growing up the last thing any of the parents wanted to do was be at the school. School was where you sent your kid so you could get some time away from your kid, not hang out with him or her all day. Besides, unless you were picking up your child a parent wasnt allowed at the school. There were no volunteers needed back then.
You must be ancient. I'm 37 and my mom volunteered at school quite a bit.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:38 AM
 
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you must be ancient. I'm 37 and my mom volunteered at school quite a bit.
42. Also, you and I probably didnt live in the same city/state.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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I'm 46, and my mom volunteered. My husband is 47, and his mom volunteered, too.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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Parent volunteering mustve been a large city thing or something. I schooled in both Indiana and Tennessee and never saw a single parent other than once or twice as field trip chaperons.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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My mother volunteered in a small city in Ohio. My husband's mother volunteered in very small towns in California, Alabama, and Georgia. They moved quite a bit for my FIL's job. He also recalls her volunteering when he was a first grader in England.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:28 AM
 
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Parent volunteering mustve been a large city thing or something. I schooled in both Indiana and Tennessee and never saw a single parent other than once or twice as field trip chaperons.
Well Harper Valley PTA was written about Bellevue TN in the 60s...so maybe it's just your memory.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:08 AM
 
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When I was growing up the last thing any of the parents wanted to do was be at the school. School was where you sent your kids so you could get some time away from them, not hang out with him or her all day. Besides, unless you were picking up your child a parent wasn't allowed at the school. There were no volunteers needed back then.
Maybe you thought some of the parents were teachers. I can't say I remember other kids parents but I know my mother volunteered at my elementary school in the 1960's. I've never lived anywhere except a small or medium size town.

A common misunderstanding from people that have not volunteered in a school is that you are "hanging out" with your child. At my childrens elementary school there was very limited time allowed in your childs classroom on a regular basis past first grade and unless there was some sort of special event, there was never more than one or two parents in the classroom at the same time. Whenever I went to a classroom it was for a specific purpose, not to hang around and cling to my child.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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When I was growing up the last thing any of the parents wanted to do was be at the school. School was where you sent your kids so you could get some time away from them, not hang out with him or her all day. Besides, unless you were picking up your child a parent wasnt allowed at the school. There were no volunteers needed back then.
My parents were the same way. School and home were separate. The only time they mixed is if the teacher called home or I got a bad grade. I don't recall parent volunteers in the classrooms.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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My mom volunteered in the late 60's/early 70's.

But then, my dad was a Girl Scout leader so maybe we were rebels
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