Parents, you REALLY are giving to your schools.
From Education Week (bold mine):
It turns out that schools are hotbeds of civic volunteerism, and
parents are the lifeblood of that activity. So says a study released
recently by the Corporation
for National and Community Service, in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship.
The study showed that volunteerism in America is at a five-year high,
and parents of school-aged children volunteer at a higher rate than the
overall population. These parents contributed more than 2.5 billion
hours of their time to volunteer efforts in 2011, most of it to
The rate of parents volunteering in 2011 was 33.7 percent. While this
was a nearly negligible increase (0.1 percentage point) from the prior
year, it certainly does add up. Some 22.7 million parents volunteered,
and if the hours they devoted to their work were paid, it would be
valued at $54 billion, the group calculates.
I have no doubt that those stats are valid for Seattle (if not higher). If no one else has said it lately, thank you Seattle School parents.