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Volunteer of the Month: March

Reported by on 3/16/17

Last summer, while others might have been relaxing at the beach, Annie Cole and a fellow board member from the Prairie Children Preschool PTA brought the beach to the preschool. The two volunteers rented a truck and delivered a literal ton of play sand to the classrooms to prepare for the school year. Because of that willingness to go the extra mile in everything she does, Annie is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

"I was very surprised to hear the news. I'm incredibly honored and grateful for the award," Annie said.

The mother of four-year-old twins, Bobby and Betty, Annie began volunteering at Prairie Children Preschool in 2015. This year, she is the treasurer for the PTA and helps with a variety of activities including the Sweetheart Dance and the Early Childhood Resource Fair. Around the holidays, she sorted and delivered coats, hats, gloves, boots and warm clothes to families in need across the District.

"The biggest reward is being able to give back to our schools and our children, but another great reward for me has been the friendships Ive made with other parent volunteers," Annie said.

Annie's nomination noted that she is a dedicated and positive volunteer as well as a role model within the school, who is always willing to do whatever is necessary to make an event happen. She volunteers on a regular basis and played a huge role in the Fall Fest that was hosted by the PTA for all the preschool families. Annie makes the school a positive place to be and helps other families see the positive in being part of the school's programs.

"Educators are overworked and underfunded, but do a fantastic job with what they have," Annie said. "If we as a PTA can help make their job easier in any way, it is our responsibility to do so."

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 Volunteer of the Month.

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Annie Cole is the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

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