The view from Jennifer Steben …


Upper L and Lower R- our first day as a Pleasant Ridge family, Sept. 2, 2014. *Upper R- L to R, the “80s ladies” Ann Friedholm outgoing President, Karyn Bloch outgoing VP Fundraising, Christine Everhart incoming 3rd Grade Rep, Jennifer Steben incoming President, Jacqui Jacobs incoming 2nd Grade Rep, Aramide Boatswain VP Communication * Lower L- Mrs. Waltz & our Kindergarten class PJ party.

A few weeks ago, I told a work colleague that I was going to run for PTA President. His response? You can probably guess.

“Jennifer, are you crazy? What are you thinking?”

With a smile, I broke down the stereotype. We don’t sit around gossiping and baking brownies … We don’t make you work 40 hours…We generate funds for a school that takes excellent care of our children. …We help  455 kids create a lasting memory of their elementary school experience.

I can’t dispute the fact that I first got involved because I was nervous. I had twins starting in Kindergarten and I was probably more concerned than they were about growing up. By volunteering, I knew what was going on and the environment they were in. Then I quickly learned how important it was for them to see me involved. … They knew Pleasant Ridge was important enough to warrant all of our attention, care and time.

Read the rest of Jennifer’s post here …

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