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September Volunteer of the Month

Reported by on 9/18/14

BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month

When her oldest son started kindergarten, Lori McSpadden went back to school, too, and volunteered in a variety of roles at Fry Elementary School. She was the head room parent, then chair of the Spring Fling committee, which is the school’s largest fundraiser. She served as the Fry PTA vice president and is currently the PTA president. She gives tirelessly of her time in school and in the community. For her dedication in supporting students and teachers, she is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

“Volunteering for me is a way of life, of being aware and compassionate about others and truly ‘being the change you want to see in the world,'" she said. “Knowing that I made a difference in the life of a child and seeing their smiles is the greatest reward I could ever receive.”

Last fall, Lori chaired the school fundraiser for Fry, which raised a record amount of money for the school. She is currently working on another fall fundraiser for the 2014-2015 school year and will co-chair the Spring Fling for the sixth year in a row. Additionally, she volunteers on a handful of other program committees at Fry.

When she’s not at school, she is the team mom for her sons’ football teams and helps raise money to create dream rooms for children with critical illnesses for Special Spaces Chicagoland.

A broadcasting major in college, she credits filming a documentary on the homeless during her senior year with being a call to action to serve others through volunteer work. After seeing the need in the community, she started a program called “Hearts Out to The Homeless,” which provided clothing, food, blankets and other necessities to the homeless. She has been giving back ever since.

“There are so many educational enrichment opportunities and social opportunities that the school can use to enhance the education of our kids if there are volunteers to implement them,” she said. “The more parent volunteers there are in a school, the more opportunities and experiences the children receive.”

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

Lori McSpadden, two-term Fry Elementary PTA President, was selected as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month for September.

Photo (l to r) Tony Fuerte, Senior Personal Business Banker, BMO Harris Bank – 95th Branch Office, District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month recipient Lori McSpadden, and Fry Elementary Principal Laurel Hillman.

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