I started volunteering in LCPS the minute my oldest entered Kindergarten, and I haven’t stopped yet with my youngest now a high school Senior!
The list is long and varied (I’ve chaperoned more field trips than I can count), but here are some highlights from “the early years”:
- Spent 5 years as Room Mom for various teachers
- Provided early morning math tutoring to students who needed extra help
- Served as PTA Fundraising co-Chair for two years and PTA President for two years, overseeing the funding and completion of several large projects, including:
- installation of the gymnasium divider curtain
- installation of the entrance marquee sign
- establishment of the annual school supply drive to compliment the Principal’s backpack drive
- design & planting of the interior courtyard outdoor classroom
- commission of several large murals throughout the school
- painting of the bus loop map of the United States
- relocation of the school playground to a safer location away from Battlefield Parkway
- Start-to-finish, single-handedly designed & created 4 years worth of school yearbooks
It’s great to go back to those schools and see the imprint of my tenure, still benefiting students after all these years.
During my children’s elementary years, their Principal was so impressed with my work that she offered me a position as a paid PALS (Peer-Assisted Learning Strategy) reading tutor. It was during that time that I came to fully understand the socioeconomic disparities that exist in Loudoun County.
Once my children reached late elementary school, the bulk of my work shifted to the Fine Arts. My extensive contributions were recognized last year when I was honored by school administration as Heritage High School’s Volunteer of the Year.
I’ve spent a LOT of time in our schools, and I’ve developed positive relationships with parents, faculty, and students, and I’ve earned a reputation for working hard and making a difference – not only for my own children but for many others.