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Volunteer of the Month: January

Reported by webmaster@ipsd.org on 1/21/16

When Stacey Johnson has an idea, she runs with it. That’s what happened when the Builta Elementary School volunteer teamed up with the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation to organize runners for the 2015 Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon. Team Builta came together to raise funds to build an outdoor classroom at the school. Thanks to her outstanding and inspiring efforts, she organized the largest group -- nine staff members and three parents -- to run along with her. They raised the most money of any school -- $11,153 -- and Stacey was the top individual fundraiser, bringing in $3,720. Because of her dedication and commitment, Stacey is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

“One of the huge rewards for me is the opportunity to get to know children and staff at the school, who I otherwise would not encounter,” Stacey said. “Volunteering also gives me an appreciation for all the work that goes into providing the full educational experience for our children, by both school staff and parents.”

Builta Principal Kim Stephens said, “Mrs. Johnson is the epitome of volunteerism in District 204. She is a parent who steps forward when there is a need and gives it her all.”

Stacey first volunteered as a room parent in 2009 when her oldest son, Luke, now a sixth-grader at Gregory Middle School, was in kindergarten. Her daughter, Elyse, is a fourth-grader at Builta, and she has continued as a room parent each year. Three years ago, she worked with the principal to organize Club Invention, an after school STEM-based program, sponsored by the PTA.

Stacey grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and credits her mother with being her role model for volunteering. Her mom was a room parent, PTA chair, Girl Scout leader and camp director, parents’ council member at the high school and volunteered for just about anything related to her four children. Today, her mom has also volunteered at Builta events.

“I started volunteering as a way to find out more about my children’s elementary school,” Stacey said. “I continue to volunteer because I want to help enrich all aspects of the school experience in any way that I can as a parent.”

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.


Builta Elementary volunteer Stacey Johnson was selected as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month for January.


Photo (l to r): Nicki McIntyre, Branch Manager, BMO Harris Bank – 95th St., Stacey Johnson, District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month recipient, and Builta Elementary Principal Kim Stephens.

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