For some school age children, it may be embarrassing for their parents to be involved in school activities like Music Boosters or the Parent Teacher Association, but these children are actually incredibly lucky.In tough economic times, most households have two working parents with full-time jobs to juggle along with raising healthy, happy children. This tends to mean the kids are woken up, fed and shuttled off to school in the morning before work and then picked up from the bus stop after work and before a busy evening that includes a quick, yet somewhat healthy dinner, some sort of after-school event or activity (sports practice, dance practice, Girl or Boy Scout meeting, after-school club activity, marching band practice or a trip to a friend's house) and a good tucking-in once bedtime finally rolls around.
And weekends are a mix of relaxation-if you're lucky-with a number of other things to get done including grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning, trips to the mall, and more trips to the kids' friends' houses than the family van can handle.
So during all the madness that goes on during the week and on weekends for parents, which doesn't even include the stresses and responsibilities at work, it's often hard for them to find the time to be involved in their children's lives away from home.
But for a lot of lucky Avon Grove students, their parents find the energy somewhere to run PTA meetings, host holiday events, help with fundraisers, march alongside their kids in parades and attend every sports game, play, concert or parade their kids participate in.
This might not be unique to the Avon Grove School District, but it's certainly something that a lot of area parents do quite well.
The Country Christmas at Avon Grove Intermediate is a big undertaking with all the vendors that come to sell crafts, but the Penn London and AGI PTAs tackle it every year and still have energy to organize the Holiday Shop at PLE and run countless other programs for local families.
The parents in the Music Boosters program hit the parade route with their kids, toting water bottles and showing enthusiasm for the Avon Grove High School Marching Band and the crowds that come to watch them perform.
Sports Boosters parents help raise money for new sports equipment for Avon Grove athletes and volunteer their time to work concession stands during sports games.
And that's just a start of all the things Avon Grove parents do besides work full-time jobs and make sure their kids grow up knowing they're loved and supported. It's hard to imagine where they get all their energy-perhaps it's just something that comes with childrearing and being proud of all their kids do.
And for being so proud of their kids, they should be proud for being great parents.