My son's school here on the Coast holds annual working bees which are organised by P & C and executed with the precision of a military operation by Lauren, our Vice President.
Lauren is like the bunny in those Everyready battery commercials - she keeps charging on. Last year she organised the working bee even when she was having chemo for breast cancer.
She clearly missed her calling - I think a job as a UN negotiator would have suited her best. She'd have Syria back in order no problem.
Lauren has this skill where she can get any tradie or business to eat out of her hand. She gets free paint, free equipment hire, free mulch, free food from the bakery - you name it, Lauren can get it. Once she has garnered all of these goodies, she is then able to get many parents to help on the day.
This year Lauren decided to get a jumping castle, so that if both parents were helping at the working bee, their children could be entertained and supervised at the same time.
Since Lauren knows so many parents and children at our school, on the day she noticed a peculiar thing. There appeared to be kids on the jumping castle and in the playground who's parents weren't actually at the working bee - not helping out and certainly not supervising their children.
This irks me no end because I know how hard parents ACTUALLY GAVE A SHIT AND WORKED THEIR ARSES OFF on the day. My husband for example worked FIVE HOURS on the gernie trying to get the mold, dirt, bird poop etc of the pavements. He had 20 minute break from 10am to 4pm.
To drop your kids off at the working bee so they can bounce themselves stupid for 8 hours while you shop, go to the pub, get a facial or whatever the fuck you might do, is beyond belief.
To do this when other parents are giving their time and physical effort to make YOUR CHILD's school environment better is MORALLY BANKRUPT.
On the Coast
They are everywhere.