November Volunteer of the Month
Reported by firstname.lastname@example.org on 11/15/12
November BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month leaves her mark in District 204
Cindy Rowsey is the recipient of the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month Award for November. Rowsey, a mother of five, has been volunteering in her children’s schools since 1992.
As a former physical education and special education teacher, Rowsey understands the support that teachers need and has enthusiastically volunteered at all the schools her children attended including Indian Plains Elementary School, Brooks Elementary School, Hill and Granger Middle Schools, and Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley High Schools. Her children pointed out that she has left her mark at almost every school: a rose garden at Brooks, a memorial garden at Granger, and commemorative brick plazas at Waubonsie and Metea.
Metea Valley's Principal Jim Schmid calls her a leader with the talent, tenacity and ability to move ideas from concept to fruition. “Ms. Rowsey is special. She is incredibly unselfish, talented and creative in her approach to improving culture and climate at Metea Valley High School.”
She wears many volunteer hats at Metea Valley, including serving as the chairperson for the Commemorative Brick Campaign, “Leave Your Mark,” which allows students, families and community members to purchase a brick in the area around the flagpole. Schmid said she organized, cultivated, implemented and supervised the program. He described her work on the project as "simply amazing."
In addition to the brick campaign, Rowsey has served as the meal coordinator for the Metea Valley football program for the past four years. She spends countless hours before football season even starts planning the meals, developing a budget and often cooking a portion of the meal herself. This year, part way through the season, she served meal number 2,700 to a Mustang player.
Rowsey is also the parent coordinator for the soccer program, serving as communicator as well as managing all food preparations in the concession stand for home soccer games.
As if those projects aren't enough, Rowsey spearheads the Performance Talent Scholarship Award for the Singing For Seniors Organization that awards a $1,000 scholarship, and is a member of the Young Life Adult support team, the PTSA, Athletic Boosters and the Music Patrons.
Rowsey said she is honored and humbled by the recognition. “There are very few times when we get to be a part of our children’s lives in their schools,” she said. “I saw the benefit of helping the teachers behind-the-scenes, so they could be more engaged with their students. I hope that the things I do make a difference.”
In one of her many volunteer roles, Cindy Rowsey spearheads the commemorative brick program at Metea Valley High School.
For more information on District 204's volunteer program, please visit http://www.ipsd.org/volunteer
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