When it comes to volunteering at your kid’s school, how often do you do it? For many parents, it’s not always an easy option.
One U.K. school, however, wants to change the game by offering up incentives to parents who volunteer more of their time.
Lane Primary School in Timperley, Greater Manchester, sent home a letter to parents about implementing a new structure to the PTA and perks for parents who volunteer more of their time. The letter outlines the list of perks, such as VIP seats and free drinks at assemblies, free school photos, and free tickets to school events.
The school also proposed the use a new four-tiered system to divide the PTA. Tier 1 members would get the best perks, while Tier 4 are families who simply attend school events and got nothing.
The list was withdrawn though, as it faced backlash from parents who were unimpressed by its ignorance to single or working parents.
“I feel for the parents who work and cannot take time off to be part of the PTA, who don’t have holidays or free evenings,” one mom tells Metro UK.” It’s not fair on single parents, or those who have children they can’t leave in the evening. It’s penalizing people.”
The school has since apologized, and stated that the notice was simply meant to bring in more volunteers and show appreciation for those that helped.
Is this a good idea? Does it make you less likely to volunteer?