For Wendy Friedman, a mother of three, it made perfect sense to jump in and be involved in any and all types of school activities. As PTA president at Julian Curtiss School , she has taken on a role of leadership and commitment to the school.
"One of the best things is that my own children are so proud and excited that I am involved in their school," she said. "It gives them such a good sense that I'm helping their school be the best it can be."
Friedman has brought a number of fresh ideas to the table. At least 30 programs or events are scheduled for this school year alone. "I am a literacy advocate," she said. "We have started a new program called 'Reading Buddies,' where parents volunteer to come in and read to first-graders one-on-one."
Later in the school year, a Used Book Fair will be held. "A children can come in with $2 and walk out with two books," said Friedman. "It is a win-win for everyone."
The next PTA meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the school cafeteria immediately after morning drop off at 8:15 a.m.
Although her position is not technically a full-time job, Friedman finds herself going to Julian Curtiss every daywhether it's to pick up the mail or just to see what is going on. "I am very hands-on," she said. "Education is the most important thing, and I have a new sense of responsibility to the school."
As a PTA president, Friedman says she plays a number of roles. "I act as a communicator, problem solver and a mentor," she said. "I think in any good organization, you can't just be a good leader without having great people supporting you. My job is to have the JC PTA continue to thrive by having the parents in the PTA grow and learn."
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