I didn’t want to attend the PTA meeting.

I never do, really. I have a hard time attending anything, as I’d far rather take the time to be home, with my husband or my kids or both, and just relax.

Of course, once I go, I am really glad I went. I connect with friends and know that I’m doing something beneficial for my community and my children’s school.

Last night, there were maybe 20 parents at the PTA meeting, a pretty standard turnout. Except, for a school with nearly 800 kids, that’s a pitiful attendance – especially considering that 263 families paid to belong to the PTA last year.

I’m given to understand that this is not unusual, not by a long shot. So we have to wonder, are most parents figuring that someone else is carrying the heavy load of supporting their children’s school?

I’m not judging. I began by saying even I didn’t want to be there. But I want anyway, and was glad to participate.

If we expect everyone else to take care of our community, who actually does it?

Our principal presented to the PTA, looking for “stakeholder feedback” on a particular school matter. That word, stakeholders – it’s prevalent in my profession of public relations, but it’s a word that feels, well, distant.

Who are your stakeholders? Mine? Ours shared?

One of the things we focus on in public relations is making sure all stakeholders buy into whatever is the issue at hand. That leads to internal communications campaigns, external communications, etc. Detailed, focused efforts to keep everyone in the loop and invested.

We all have stakeholders – those are the people who care even a little about what happens in our lives, our communities. In my family, stakeholders include my husband and myself, my children, and perhaps even grandparents, cousins, etc. Depends how far you want to take it.

Clearly not everyone always needs to or even should contribute their perspective. But we all believe that¬†it takes a village…to raise a child, to help a school succeed, to reach any level of accomplishment.

So. Who are your stakeholders? And are they involved in the important issues?

And dare I suggest that every issue is important, for life is made up of moments, of little details, of notions and ideas and individual projects that together amass a pretty comprehensive and impressive whole?

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