A few months ago, we debuted a new way of donating money to nonprofits, the Comcast Prize Patrol, which you can read about and see here. The short version of that post is that with so much paperwork and process involved in corporate philanthropy, we thought, wouldn’t it be fun to just show up and surprise someone with a check? So oops, we did it again, this time in Kent.
The occasion was the meeting of the Mill Creek Middle School PTA. They won a raffle we sponsored about Internet Essentials education, and we thought it would be fun to just show up with the check.
Fortunately, the principal agreed to help us, which is good, because otherwise two maniacs and a videographer running through a school could lead to arrests. But we got away with it, and the PTA seemed very appreciative. This time around, your action narrator is Terry Davis, our regional director of government affairs.
Terry’s enthusiasm was all the more impressive since earlier that day he’d finished a 90-mile bike ride around the hills of Leavenworth.
And one other thing, you’ll notice how many people are in the room, which kinda forces me to make an observation. The people in that room were giving up a lovely weeknight evening in otherwise rainy Washington to be there for kids. I used to serve on a City Council and have seen a lot of volunteering in my day, and I personally think there’s no more thankless task than volunteering to be on a school board or a PTA. You rarely have enough volunteers for the mission, and a lot of other people in the community are just sitting around on their hands or second-guessing, or both. So bravo to every school PTA volunteer or other school volunteer – this one’s for you.