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Volunteer of the Month: May

Reported by on 5/18/17

BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month

When Maria Murphy moved to the area in 2014, one of the first things she did was to volunteer at Cowlishaw Elementary School, where her son, Ethan, was a student. Today, in addition to helping out with special events and activities at Cowlishaw, she also serves as the PTA secretary, on the Indian Prairie Parents Council executive committee as secretary, and chairs the scholarship committee. Because the work she does positively impacts students, staff and families not only at Cowlishaw, but across the entire district, Maria is being recognized as the District 204 BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month.

"I am so surprised and thankful for the nomination," she said. "There are so many parents that give back to the schools, it feels so nice to be recognized."

At Cowlishaw, Maria helps with many special events and activities including the Halloween party, Career Day, Field Day, and the Luau. In addition to helping with the annual coat drive, Student Activities Fair and Reflections, she was also a member of the district-wide Technology and Polling Place Committees.

"Being able to see the programs we as PTA members are able to organize for all the students to participate in is one of the biggest rewards," she said.

Her nomination noted that she is always organized, energetic, fun to work with and is someone you can count on to get the job done no matter how large or small.

Maria said she feels very fortunate to have found such a strong community of parents and educators.

"We have moved several times over the years and volunteering is something that I've always found as a great way to connect with people in your community," she said. "I feel that in order to foster strong communities, there have to be people who are willing to give back in whatever capacity they are able."

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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