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Volunteer of the Month: November

Reported by on 11/19/15

Peg Herald has volunteered in Spring Brook Elementary School's Library Media Center for eight years and has served as the LMC volunteer coordinator for five years. She has also co-chaired the Art Awareness program since 2012. Through her efforts, she has helped the Spring Brook community keep literacy and the arts at the forefront of education. Because of her dedication and commitment, she is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

"I am filled with gratitude and humbled receiving this award," Peg said. "We have so many deserving volunteers within Spring Brook Elementary, let alone the entire district. It is truly an honor."

LMC Director Natalie Hoyle Ross says that Peg is a "volunteer extraordinaire" and she is the reason the school has a vibrant LMC volunteer program because she encourages family members and community members to become involved at the school by taking a volunteer shift. She fosters friendships by pairing new and veteran volunteers together, and she actively recruits new volunteers, including her mother-in-law and aunt.

The Art Awareness program teaches students about famous artists and engages them in art projects that coincide with that artist's style of work. Peg not only organizes the volunteers, but also spends hours of time organizing the materials and the supplies.

"I love the look on the kids' faces when they find the perfect book or paint a picture they are proud to show the class," she said. "Helping children achieve success is the best possible reward."

Peg credits several important role models growing up in Oak Forest, Illinois – her grandmother was a school librarian and her mother taught English literature. Another important person was her elementary school's "Picture Lady," who shared her love of art with the students.

"These women gave of their time for my benefit and I feel the greatest tribute I can give them is by paying it forward," she said.

Peg has volunteered in the district for 10 years since her children were in preschool. Today, Jillian is a third-grader at Spring Brook and Megan is a seventh-grader at Gregory Middle School.

"In addition to the warm, fuzzy feeling you get from the look on your own child's face, volunteering is truly vital to the success of our schools," she said. "It is entirely due to our volunteers that the Spring Brook library is accessible to the students all day long."

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

Spring Brook Elementary volunteer Peg Herald was selected as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month for November.

Photo (l to r) Nicki McIntyre, Branch Manager, BMO Harris Bank – 95th St, Peg Herald, District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month recipient, and Spring Brook Elementary Principal David Worst.

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