School related mitzvahs

984 & 985) Sent two cards. Get well and thinking of you.

986) On Tuesday night, I volunteered to speak on behalf of our school at a local school board budget committee meeting. It was harder than I thought it would be to come up with a unified statement. Also, the nerves to do this must count as a mitzvah.  I was pretty nervous until I was finished.

987) Yesterday, I spent the day with my son’s second grade class on a field trip. Usually, I love field trips and feel like I benefit so much from the experience. We were on the bus for more than 3 hours for a short 1 hour presentation. Let’s just say, I am glad my son loved the field trip, I was just along for the ride.

988) Volunteered after school today to help set up our Sock Hop event tomorrow night.

Our school district has just added a new background check policy for all volunteers. Yesterday, I was speaking with a couple of the staff at our school and they were worried that some parents might not be willing to do the online application (it literally took 2 minutes) because it’s a bother. Since it’s not easy to get volunteers in the first place they were hoping that wouldn’t further discourage people from helping out. I guess it’s better to have these precautions when people help in a school since the majority of folks aren’t going to have any problems passing the background check but I hope our staff isn’t correct and find that people don’t use it as an excuse for not volunteering their time.


Volunteering at school

909) I had signed up to volunteer at school on Tuesday to help with a project. When I showed up they had already completed the assignment. I wandered around the school figuring I could find something to help with that day. I ended up learning about shelving books in the library. It’s one of those tasks like laundry. Even when you finish some there is always more to do. But at least for the moment all the fiction books were back on the shelves. If you ever have a few minutes stop by your school library and see if you can lend a hand. I am sure the librarian will be delighted.

910) Brought my dog to visit with the Rebbetzin. Not sure who enjoyed it more.

911) Made a suggestion to a colleague where she could get information for something she needed.

912) Sent  flowers to someone as a surprise.

913) Procured items for our upcoming school auction.

914) Donated items to another school auction.

Lessons at the swimming pool

722) Gave a friend some homemade jelly after she commented when she saw some on our table.

723) Carpool arrangements were misunderstood, I drove at the last minute.

724) Referred a client to a colleague.

725& 726) Made a product donation to our camp auction. Made a second $ donation the night of the auction.

727) Visited the Rebbetzin.

728) Picked up litter on a recent walk through the neighborhood park trail.

729) Saw that my friends had left their garage door open one day after they left for work and put it down for them.

730) Complimented someone on a great job in a performance.

One of the highlight mitzvahs this week was actually given to us. My daughter and I have been going swimming very early at a neighborhood community pool. The first few times we went the lifeguards made some comments that this was an adult swim time and she wouldn’t be able to come again but he would let us in this time. When we arrived at the poolside we also got some stares. It turns out that it actually is open swim time so my 10 year old is fine to join me. The mitzvah we received was from a fellow swimmer the second day who practically called us over inviting us to join her lane. That woman had no idea how happy she made us. What a wonderful welcome after the couple of days we both felt like we were “invading” the regulars pool time.

Wednesday’s mitzvahs

153) Responded to an email request for some help with a local newspaper article. Sent back some comments.

154) Gave my son’s teacher an unusual item she had hoped we would find on our recent trip. Luckily, we did.

155) Picked up a friend’s child and brought her home.

156) Volunteered to help wrap baskets for my daughter’s upcoming sock hop/auction.

157 & 158) Told two people I thought they were terrific!

Little actions do matter, so be sure to smile and compliment someone today.