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Volunteer of the Month: May

Reported by on 5/19/16

When Maureen Sharpe began volunteering at Brooks Elementary School four years ago, the former teacher was looking forward to helping out in the classroom because she wanted to help the teachers make each day a success for their students. Since then, she serves on several PTA committees, helps with the Rockin' Readers program that pairs assisted living residents who read with students in grades K-2 and she's even planning to run the half marathon in October to support the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation and raise funds for Brooks. Because of her dedication and commitment, Maureen is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

"It is a great honor to be nominated, but I am more excited that our school will benefit from BMO Harris's donation," she said. "I volunteer because I enjoy being in the school. I love watching the children grow and learn through the year."

Maureen received many nominations for Volunteer of the Month from teachers and parents at Brooks.

LMC Director Rebecca Stewart said, "Mo isn't afraid to tackle any job I throw at her, and she treats the students with care and respect. Just seeing her walk in the building causes me to smile."

First-grade teacher Margie Retzler said, "Due to her background in education, it was like having another teacher in the classroom."

Maureen's parents were role models when she was growing up in Michigan and Evanston, Ill. Her dad was the president of the PTA for four years and her mother was a Cub Scout leader, who also helped in the schools and sewed costumes for the school plays.

Today, Maureen continues her family's tradition and is a beloved volunteer at Brooks where her children, first-grader Matthew and third-grader Meghan, attend.

"It's important for parents to volunteer in the schools because it gives the children a sense of community when they see everyone working together toward a common goal of helping them be successful, she said.

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

Long-time Brooks Elementary volunteer Maureen Sharpe is the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month for May.

Photo (l to r): Brooks Elementary Principal Tyrone Smith, District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month recipientMaureen Sharpe, and Mayra Mandujano, Branch Manager, BMO Harris Bank-Aurora

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