Grab an Apron and a Pair of Gloves, Folks

Here's photographic evidence that our managing editor isn't just whistlin' "Dixie" about volunteering in the cafeteria. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Here’s photographic evidence that Dan isn’t just whistlin’ “Dixie” about volunteering. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

The school year that begins on Monday will be my fourth as an HPISD cafeteria volunteer. When I logged into the Highland Park High School PTA website to sign up for my usual shift — serving burgers, chicken strips, and fries alongside the beloved Dr. Moody Alexander on third Thursdays — I was a little shocked by what I found.

With only five days until classes start, there were 11 openings across the Thursday schedule, including a position for a shift chairperson. Then I clicked through to the other days and was even more distressed.

The Tuesday schedule has 19 openings, including one shift chair. The Wednesday schedule has 14 openings, but at least all of the chair slots are filled. The Friday schedule, on the other hand, has only one such position taken.

In all, I counted more than 60 openings at the high school, including nine day chairs. The situation may be just as dire at the elementary schools, but their PTA sites were offline when I went looking.

Look, I know you’re busy. We all are. You think I don’t have a lot on my plate? I’m putting out three newspapers a week and trying to update three blogs every day, while raising two sons and being a loving, supporting husband, at the same time as I’m painting my house in preparation for putting it on the market, as I try to find time to get to the gym and maybe catch a few winks here and there. Yet even I can spend three hours of one day per month serving lunch to hungry teenagers.

And I don’t even have a kid at that school. I volunteer there in my capacity as Park Cities People’s goodwill ambassador. (Note to self: Get that title added to business card.) These are your children, folks. So sign up for a shift today.

By Dan Koller Aug. 24, 2013 | 9:35 am | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • joel thornton

    Dan, you look very professional. You must be a fast-food veteran!

  • Beverly on a Budget

    Thanks Dan for making your pitch to recruit more volunteers. It has always been difficult, despite the amount of non-working parents to fill all the spots. We’ve had moms, dads, stepparents, grandparents, brothers and sisters all step in to smile and serve the students. We’ve received calls from schools across the country that want to do what we do. But nobody else does it. It’s our legacy folks, don’t screw it up. If Dan can do it, you can. Even if you need to send your secretary (been done) or your personal trainer (yep, that too) plus there’s the free lunch part. How can you resist?

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