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October Volunteer of the Month

Reported by webmaster@ipsd.org on 10/16/14

BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month

Jennifer Straub is the daughter of two educators and she knows firsthand the difference that good teachers can make in a child’s life. When her oldest child started kindergarten, she began volunteering at May Watts Elementary School. For the past eight years, she has served on several committees and also in leadership positions on the PTA board. For her dedication in supporting students and teachers, she is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

Jennifer has been involved in many projects at May Watts. She developed a program called “Tea Chats,” which she hosted in her home, to facilitate open and honest conversations between parents and staff members in order to bridge families of different cultures. For her efforts, she was recognized in 2013 with the District 204 Parent Diversity Advisory Council Equity Champion Award.

In addition, Jennifer served as the vice president and president of the May Watts PTA, the DJ for the Back-to-School ice cream social, Fun Fair coordinator, a room parent, a Library Media Center volunteer and a volunteer for math, field trips, parties, PE and book presses. Currently, she is the welcome committee chair and the fifth grade farewell co-chair. She also volunteers as PTSA president at Hill Middle School, where her son is in seventh grade.

“I think it is important to have constant and informative communication among the teachers, staff and parents,” she said. “Our teachers and staff give so much of themselves, who wouldn’t want to give back to them? And teachers can’t do it alone. Just like the old saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ it takes a community to educate our children.”

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://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/Volunteer.


Jen Straub, two-term May Watts Elementary PTA president, is the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month for October.


Photo (l to r) Nicki McIntyre, Branch Manager, BMO Harris Bank – 95th Branch Office, District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month recipient Jennifer Straub, and May Watts Elementary Principal Brian Lecrone.

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