Friday, September 17, 2010

BUDs Club - A Tiny Little Division of the PTA

All the research shows that male involvement in the education of our youth has a powerful impact.  Male role models are needed and appreciated in schools.  Six years ago our PTA President and her husband led the charge to get more males involved in our school by organizing the BUDs Club.  BUDs stands for Brothers, Uncles, Dads but is inclusive of any male figure of importance to our children's lives.  This "tiny little division of the PTA" quickly proved what a BIG impact it could have.  In 2007 our BUDs Club was honored with a coveted Parent Involvement Award by the Florida PTA. The small group of charter members has grown to be 100 strong today!  Over the years they have shown up in force to help with the heavy lifting, participated as guest readers in our classrooms, and held movie nights.  Their biggest and most anticipated event each year is without a doubt the Pancake Pigout Breakfast.  The BUDs get up early to cook thousands of pancakes and sausage links, cut up fruit, pour juice and prepare our dining room to host hundreds of Chets Creek students and their BUDs before school.  They even let moms, grandmas and aunts eat, too! And throughout all the fun they plan they have accomplished the goal of getting more males involved - our number of males volunteering has quadrupled!  And as for me - there's nothing like seeing the happy faces of our children as they proudly introduce me to their BUD!   

5 comments:

Dee Dee Tamburrino said...

I missed having my little "buddy" here for the Pancake Pigout Breakfast today. We've "pounded" pounds of pancakes and sausage together over the last six years. Glad it was a great day for all!!

Geri Coats said...

very, very cool! lucky community!

JJ Brown said...

Thanks for the juice and fruit Buds. The kds loved it:)

Anonymous said...

As a male teacher, I can validate comments about male role models playing an important role in education. So, all of the guys that help out with the BUD's Club get a huge salute from me. Everyone that I saw was wearing a smile, especially the big BUDS. Really, there is no rocket science involved. You just show up, smile, act interested, and make a child feel important. What could be better?

Peace,

T-Cubed

Mrs. Patricia Wallace said...

What a great way to start the day! It was beautiful watching BUDs serving the yummy pancakes or sitting down to eat breakfast with their little farmers. Yee Haw!