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May Volunteer of the Month

Reported by webmaster@ipsd.org on 5/16/13

Kris Harvey has been a volunteer at Georgetown Elementary School for 12 years and currently serves as PTA president. Because of her longtime dedication and commitment to bringing the school and community together, she is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

Kris began volunteering at Georgetown in 1999 when she and her husband, Scott, and their daughter Allison, moved to the area specifically because of District 204's educational programs and opportunities.

“I began volunteering through the PTA as a room mom when my daughter started kindergarten at Georgetown,” she said. “I didn’t know many people and wanted to make new friends and thought this would be a great way to get to know the teacher and give back to the school.” Today, her daughter just completed her freshman year at the University of Kentucky, and her son, Trevor, is a fourth-grader at Georgetown.

As PTA president, Kris brings in guest speakers every month to the PTA meetings, which helps promote new ideas and ventures. She created and coordinates the DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) program, which brings local dignitaries and other community members to the school to share their love of reading with students. She organizes the annual PTA Ice Cream Social to welcome families to school, the Earth Day event, the annual spring clean-up and volunteers at many other events. She has held various officer roles on the PTA and is Georgetown’s liaison to the Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA.

“It’s so important for parents to volunteer as you set the groundwork for your kids,” Kris said. “It’s a wonderful way to meet the teachers, principal and others that make up the ‘family’ that your child sees throughout the school day.”

Her volunteerism extends beyond the boundaries of the school and into the neighborhood, where she is the co-director of G.R.E.N.O. (Georgetown Relief Neighborhood Organization). Bringing the school and community together is her priority and she works with Georgetown’s Latino Outreach Program to maintain communication between families and the school.

“It’s been very rewarding to volunteer,” she said. “I would like to feel I’m making a difference in the school and the community and being a role model for my kids.”

BMO Harris Bank is helping District 204 recognize one volunteer each month who has generously given his or her time to support District 204’s students and schools. To celebrate these outstanding volunteers, BMO Harris Bank is donating $1,000 to the volunteer's school. To nominate an outstanding volunteer, visit:
http://ipsdweb.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/Volunteer


Georgetown PTA President Kris Harvey works behind the counter to prepare homemade donuts for families at the Georgetown Elementary School Fun Fair.

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