Tuesday night, Feb 13th, the MMPA held their monthly meeting. Many topics were discussed. We asked for parents of all the students in show choir to attend. We had roughly 12 sets of parents attend. There are many more students in the show choirs than 12. To say the least, this was disheartening. There were many important items for discussion, including the future of the MMPA.
If you don’t know, the MMPA exists solely to support the Choral Department. This support comes in many aspects from helping with costuming costs, helping with transportation costs, to helping a student with a hardship that can’t pay their choir fees. Without the existence of MMPA, the kids would not get to go on an overnight show choir competition and have a meal paid for them that night. Approximately every other year, the students go on a trip (like NYC or Disney). Without MMPA, this would not happen. A.
Next year, the position of President of MMPA is open. If no one steps up, the future of the MMPA is in jeopardy. People have asked me why I don’t take the President position. I’ll tell you why. My gifts do not lie in leadership. I am much stronger as an assistant than I am being in a lead position.
The other position that is open is that of Secretary. This person would come to the Board meetings and take notes every month.
If you care about the future of the Choral Department and helping our choir kids to be the best they can be, please consider putting your name in for one of these positions.
Volunteers. We have asked for each choir family to work two shifts at the invitational. We have many, many families who aren’t signed up to work any shifts. Ultimately, your child will be the one with the repercussions of this. If we don’t have the fundraisers and we don’t have the volunteers, YOUR choir fees will go up! All of the fundraisers we are ultimately for the benefit of our kids. These shifts are 2 hours long. Not a huge time commitment when you are investing in your child. Any family member that volunteers in some capacity at the Invitational will get in free to watch their student’s choir.
Statistics show two good reasons to volunteer:
- Volunteers live longer and are healthier. Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, during later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one’s health than exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being, and live longer.
- Volunteering establishes strong relationships. Despite all of the online connections that are available at our fingertips, people are lonelier now than ever before. Indeed, a 2010 study reported that prevalence of loneliness is at an all time high, with about one in three adults age 45 or older categorized as lonely. Online connections, while useful for maintaining existing relationships, are not very helpful in establishing lasting, new ones. Working alongside people who feel as strongly as you do about supporting a particular cause creates a path to developing strong relationships with others. It isn’t just beneficial for making new friendships either. Volunteering alongside other members of your family strengthens family bonds based in “doing” your values. And these benefits have a ripple effect. Children who volunteer with their parents are more likely to become adults who volunteer.
Tracy Wallace – MMPA Vice President and
Tony Short – MMPA President
Please, if you haven’t already, sign up to volunteer for a shift or two at the invitational. Click on the link below to sign up today!
Also, if you haven’t done so, get your $35.00 check in for your student’s room fee for the overnight competition.
The auditorium performance schedule is posted under the invitational tab!
The following people will be chaperoning at Franklin Central on February 24th.