Volunteer of the Month: November

Reported by on 11/18/21

Jennifer Byers has been an outstanding volunteer at Fischer Middle School for the past five years. Because of her dedication to the teachers and students at Fischer, she is being named the BMO Harris Bank District 204 Volunteer of the Month.

Jennifer has two daughters in the district, one at Waubonsie Valley and one at Fischer. For more than five years, Jennifer has devoted her time, enthusiasm, and energy at Fischer Middle School. She previously volunteered at McCarty for eight years.

Fischer Middle School's principal says that Jennifer's involvement in PTSA is invaluable to our schools. She is very connected to the community and knows where to go for donations and support. Last school year, Jennifer facilitated one of the most remarkable initiatives Fischer Middle School has ever seen with her "Baskets of Caring" idea. Jennifer gathered donations from the community and worked with the administrators at McCarty Elementary, Fischer Middle School and Waubonsie Valley to assemble baskets that contained gift cards, inspirational messages, and a fleece blanket. The baskets were distributed to students who had lost a parent or sibling over the past year. Principal Nonnemacher states "Throughout these past eighteen months, we've been told to 'look for the helpers' as we tackled many challenges never before faced. Jennifer stepped up last year to be a helper, and she very much succeeded by touching the hearts of many who needed it most."

Jennifer is both shocked and excited to receive this award and feels it is nice to know that someone thought enough of her to write the nomination and help bring money to Fischer Middle School.

Volunteer of the Month Check Photo
(l to r) Dr. Adrian Talley, IPSD Superintendent; Jennifer Nonnemacher, Fischer Middle School Principal and Nominator; Jennifer Byers, BMO Harris Bank Volunteer of the Month; Larissa Wideman, BMO Harris Bank Vice President; Adrian Mendieta, BMO Harris Bank Vice President.

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.