We all know that high school is what you make it. And sure, you can choose to just "survive classes"; however, most students participate in at least one extra-curricular activity, whether they're athletes, musicians, members of clubs or all three.
But, sometimes, people forget something very important that goes on "behind-the-scenes" of these activities. Many parents help to keep things running smoothly, volunteering their time and energy not only for the sake of their own students but other students who are involved as well.
Recently, the choir and theater department finished up Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The actors worked hard to put on a good show, and people gave us all their "good job's and "great show's. And sure, they connect the actors' faces directly with the show; the actors are the ones on-stage with the spotlight shining on them.
But the set didn't descend from the sky and those matching costumes didn't measure and sew themselves. Many parents, my own included, spent numerous hours working on them. I know there were a couple of nights where my mom would show up at the same time that we started rehearsing but wouldn't get home until midnight.
On top of this, my parents also participate in football boosters and orchestra boosters. I have volunteered at the Muskingum University football games in the concession stand, and I know that is just a glimpse at the kind of effort that goes into boosters.
So, if you get a chance, thank a booster or a parent volunteer. They have lives outside of your school activities, and they are just as tired at the end of the day as you are. They don't have to do these things, but they do anyway, and we're glad. Our activities wouldn't keep going without them.
I extend a mass "thank you" to all of you. You are one of the things that enables our school to be so great.