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Volunteer of the Month: November

Reported by webmaster@ipsd.org on 11/17/16

Whether she is ordering Spirit Wear, organizing a first day of school breakfast for staff, a coffee for kindergartners and parents, or recruiting an entirely new PTA board, Cindy Cozzi cheerfully helps out with any volunteer job that is needed at Builta Elementary School. Because of her dedication and commitment, Cindy is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

"I am extremely honored, thrilled and humbled to be named Volunteer of the Month," Cindy said. "I am so very excited for Builta Elementary to receive the $1,000 donation from BMO Harris. It is an amazing school with such a supportive staff and principal."

Cindy began volunteering in 2013 at Builta when her daughter started kindergarten. She first helped out at home with making craft items for the PTA, and has since moved on to helping with a variety of projects, fundraisers and events.

"I volunteer for my children to show them that giving back and helping others is so very important," she said. "I also do it for the Builta staff and students, to help provide social and educational needs to the school. And lastly, I do it for all the parent volunteers I have seen work so very hard all these years when I was not able to because of young children at home. I believe it is my turn to step up and do what I can as a 'thank you' to them."

Nominated by two of her peers, one of the nominations stated, "Cindy has a remarkable relationship with all the students, staff and parents at Builta. Not a single volunteering event happens without her, whether it is a PTA event or a school event. We are lucky and proud to have her in our community."

A native of Joliet, Cindy grew up with four siblings, her mom and stepdad. She credits her stepdad Dennis Vocu with being her greatest role model, who taught her that hard work and dedication pay off, and always encouraged her to be a better person.

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.

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Builta Elementary School volunteer Cindy Cozzi is the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month for November.

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Photo (l to r): BMO Harris Bank-Naperville Market President, Neil McManus, Builta Elementary School Student Services Coordinator, MaryBeth Sally, District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month recipient Cindy Cozzi and Nicki McIntyre, Branch Manager BMO Harris Bank-Naperville.

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