Volunteer of the Month: May

Reported by on 5/16/19

Priya Viswanathan has been an incredible support to May Watts through her commitment to the PTA and her extensive volunteerism. Because of her dedication to the May Watts community, she is being named the BMO Harris Bank District 204 Volunteer of the Month.

Priya’s son is in third grade at May Watts. Prior to her extensive volunteerism at May Watts, Priya was a full-time scientist at Fermilab. While her position is now part-time, Priya currently volunteers in what seems to be a full-time capacity at her son’s school. Her volunteer activities include chairing the teacher and staff dinner, co-chairing the Reflections Art Program and the Science Fair, and instructing after school enrichment classes. She helps out as a room parent and volunteers at various events such as STEAM Night, Spelling Bee and Watts Got Talent. She also used her skills and creativity to design and print the Student Directory as well as create a PTA promotional video.

Additionally, Priya assisted the PTA in setting up and maintaining MemberHub throughout the year, created and maintained the Watts PTA website and implemented an online payment option for PTA membership dues and other fundraising events. If that wasn’t enough, Priya secured a grant from Thinkfun and organized a Family Game Night Event. She also secured a grant from Google and organized the Be Internet Awesome Workshop event.

She is a member of Principal LeCrone’s School Culture Committee and a parent ambassador. Principal Brian LeCrone expressed sincere gratitude to Priya for raising funds for the school and for her service to May Watts. "Priya took it upon herself to enter May Watts into two different contests, both of which she won," LeCrone said. "As a result, we were able to host a Family STEM Game Night sponsored by the National PTA and a Digital Safety workshop hosted by Google. Both of the activities are consistent with our school initiatives and were very well received. We thank Priya for her hard work, extra effort and time on behalf of the May Watts School community!"

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Adrian Mendieta, BMO Harris Bank | Mario Osorio, BMO Harris Bank | Priya Viswanathan, Volunteer of the Month

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.