Over the last year, parent volunteers from around the country have been nominated by their peers for the Volly Awards. Each month a winner has been celebrated, and those monthly winners were in the running to be the National winner! These nominees best demonstrate the following traits: volunteer’s involvement level with the school and impact of commitment to school and community.
Below are the six nominees who were in the running for the first National Volly Award!
The WINNER will receive a $1500 Visa gift card and 500 shirts for their school to be used in in the 2020-2021 school year, courtesy of Booster Spirit Wear.
Allison serves on her school’s PTA board as the Fundraising Chair. She handles all the purchasing (food, equipment, etc.) for her school’s yearly carnival by herself. Allison helps plan their school’s annual Father-Daughter Dance, which Allison started and has now become a tradition. She coaches and runs the swim team. Allison serves in all these ways on top of being a mom and working a full-time job.
Kyle is a mentor to many students at Hutchens. On top of owning his own business, Kyle volunteers his time testing the students with the school’s Accelerator Reader and jumping at any opportunity to assist in the office or on school field trips. As PTA President, he works continuously to bring innovative fundraising ideas to Hutchens and increase parent involvement in their students’ lives.
Although this was Briana's first year organizing her school’s Boosterthon program, she led it with enthusiasm and creativity. Her PhD background and passion for S.T.E.A.M. Students who had participated in fundraisers in previous years found themselves re-energized by Briana’s passion and creativityBecause of Briana’s efforts, Walnut Creek exceeded their fundraising goal by thousands of dollars!
Nicola began as a parent volunteer, but when the PTA was struggling, Nicola took over as Treasurer and began paving a trail to success. Over the years she’s brought the Boosterthon Fun Run program to her school. She also runs the annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest and came up with the idea for Sussex to replace its old water fountains with a new eco-friendly water bottle filling system, saving the school money and plastic waste.
It didn’t take long for Gattis Elementary to notice when Maria Medina decided to get involved with its PTA. From school-wide programs to individualized care for students and parents, Maria stops at nothing to ensure her school is taken care of! As PTA President, Maria has spent extra time reaching out to Spanish-speaking parents at Gattis. Gattis was able to raise enough to fund a school-wide book study that allowed students to keep their books!
Lee is currently in her second year as PTA Treasurer. Lee serves as an incredible volunteer on school field trips, class parties, all PTA meetings, and fundraisers. She’s also planned two Family Dance Nights for the Morningside community. Lee's service is even more amazing when you consider that she does it all in addition to her family responsibilities while she’s taking classes to become a Speech Pathologist. Talk about incredible service!