I think that Mira's teacher needs to be more forceful in asking for participation. She's very 'I've posted sign up sheets for the fall festival, please feel free to contribute', instead of saying it more like how everyone would have a better time if all the work and fun were distributed around, and how we can do a bang up job if we all pull together. I think that part of the issue is cultural too. 1/3rd of the class is Indian. We are not known for being super involved, and for being unwilling to step up to the plate, opting to let others do all the heavy lifting. Another third is Asian, and at least in a few cases, there are communication problems. I know that I feel like the school is being miserly, and we shouldn't have to spend a dime more that we already do on the school fees, so maybe there are pthers that feel the same way. And maybe, people don't know exactly what is being asked, and how much it might cost. I picked up 7 or 8 small pumpkins at Whole Foods for 4 bucks. We all know they're not exactly cheap, so the stuff that is being requested (she's okay with people lending stuff instead of donating) is not super expensive. The single most expensive item is the hay bale, which is around 8 bucks at Home Depot, probably cheaper at a farm. I wish I had everyone's email so we as parents can do some arm twisting, but they won't do it unless people specifically request that it is okay to share.
On FB, I'm generally mum on politics. There are plenty of nice people I know that are on the other side, and it is our unspoken agreement to limit our political postings. I will say that I know A LOT more about people that I've known for decades, after joining FB. Especially being part of a closed group, because people vent a lot more in there in safe company than they do on their open posts.