In an effort to know a little more about one another in our school community the PTA wanted to try highlighting a new community member periodically. We hope that you enjoy getting to know more about each other.
Sarah and her husband, Steve have two children. They have lived in the Airport Heights neighborhood for 5 years. Their daughter is in the 3rd grade, Ms. Tavares’ class and their son is in the 6th grade, Mrs. Van Gorder’s class.
Some of their family favorites are:
- Local Restaurant: Jamico’s Pizzeria
Movie: Despicable Me
- Game: UNO
- Winter Activity: Sledding
- School Events: Popcorn Fridays & Book Fairs
Sarah first became active in our school community by volunteering an hour a week assisting her children’s teachers making copies and laminating artwork. She says it was a great way to peripherally observe the school day in action. Being present in the copying room was also an informal way to get to know the staff. Not to mention that the teachers really value the assistance.
Sarah began attending PTA meetings 3 years ago. She recalls only 5 parents were in attendance and how glad Mrs. Dickey and Mr. Webb were to finally have that many. Since then her focus has been to simply provide a helping hand where there have been needs. As she has met more parents, she realized that there are many, many parents very willing to help at the school, despite not being able to attend PTA meetings. She began to consider the value of having someone focus on generating communication and relationships with our parent community. So, this year Sarah became the PTA membership chair and indirectly a volunteer coordinator.
Her greatest joy of being involved in the school has been getting to know other parents. “It is nice to go to the school and know a little about the people you see, even if it is as simple as a name and their children. It makes the school feel more of a community for me. I used to worry about the burnout of the few people involved. I am seeing a lot more involvement and fresh enthusiasm this year from both parents and staff. I hope that this momentum continues because we truly have a great community of people willing to invest in our school with just a little guidance and encouragement. And the kids truly enjoy seeing us involved!”