FALL FAIR – A Plea For Volunteers! By Shane Wilson


A Plea For Volunteers!

By Shane Wilson

I acknowledge and embrace the fact that you all wouldn’t be here if you weren’t fervently interested in your child and their experience at RH McGregor, thus fortunately I will have little to say.

For fundraisers such as this it really is all about the number of volunteers and the energy of the volunteers.

We might have the best conceptualized experience our limited budget will allow, but that is all for nought if we don’t have eager volunteers.

We do have access to some great, younger volunteers from this school and neighbouring schools, whom I enthusiastically welcome.

But it is you, the parents, who I ask to truly step up. We don’t just want you, we need you.

We need people in advance of the fair to move games into place or help set them up. It might be as simple as screwing some bushel baskets to a piece of wood or assembling a sling shot to shoot foam balls at a pile of soup cans.

But ideally I want parents willing to be supervisors, or clowns, or scarecrows, or just to help with some games for a couple of hours.

But I also need barkers, people capable of coming out of their shell and making this a fall fair to remember, not just some cheesy gymnasium event where they throw a ball in a bucket for their dollar ticket. So if you need an excuse to let our your wacky inner self in a safe and sanctioned environment, then please help us out all you aspiring vampires, teddy bears or persons of steel.

If you need incentive to volunteer, then please think of the money the Home & School raises and where it goes. It helps fund your children’s access to field trips, to new books at the library, and to actual computers in our schools. It pays for a garden so our kids are exposed to actual real live plants [fruit & vegetable bearing at that], to have the science centre come to us instead of us going to it, as well as a multitude of other life enriching events at our school.

It pays for uniform shirts for our Grade 5 prefects to pride fully wear as they contribute their time to our school.

I originally thought my child would be embarrassed by his dad dressing up in costume and acting the fool in front of his friends. It turns out he hasn’t reached that age just yet, as instead it is with great pride he tells his buddies his dad is part of the Home & School.

So all of you whom are most comfortable helping out behind the scenes, please offer to do so.

All of you who want an excuse to act a little wacky or be that barker at the county fair that exists in all of us, please volunteer.

Quite frankly, this endeavour cannot succeed without your help. We are desperate for your time and want our kids to collectively take great pride in their school, both academically and as a community of friends; parents and kids alike.

Please help us to lead our children by example by making RH the best school our kids could ask for by the results of our collective strength.


We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming signups.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/NgD9dF
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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