Polk Elementary School says "Thank you" to its volunteers
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Polk Elementary School held a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to thank its volunteers. Some of those recognized were, from left, seated, Jen Akob, Sandy Righi, Melissa Roberti, Suzana Rizvic and Stephanie Havansky. Standing, from left, Keri Ramsay, PVSD reading supervisor; Erica Walters, Polk principal; volunteer Sasha Medina from Community Services Group Day Program; Steve Becker, Polk instructional support teacher; and Catherine Benincasa from the Community Services Group Day Program.
Polk Elementary School loves its 54 volunteers. To show appreciation for all they do for its 300 students and staff, Chris Becker, the school's instructional support teacher coordinated a special brunch for them.
The tables and room were decorated with handmade decorations made by the students from pictures of flower pots with flowers to the centerpieces of construction paper flowers.
Erica Walters, Polk's principal, says volunteers help in the classrooms, at the book fair, Mother's Day plant sale, yearbook, the West End Fair funnel cake stand, organize books in the library, act as hall monitors during the PSSA testing, the outside marquee and countless other duties.
"We have a tremendous parent volunteer support group. We call, they're here," she says.
She told the volunteers that "We honor you today. The school couldn't operate without you. If I tried to list everything you do, it would go on and on ..."
Keri Ramsay, PVSD's reading supervisor said, "We all reap the benefits with you here."
She read an acrostic poem titled "Volunteer." "V is for the valiant efforts you show each day; O is for the organization that you display; L is for the love you share with every child; U is for the understanding in your smile; N is for the need we have for your ability; T is for the talents that we all like to see; E is for everything you give to us; E is for everybody that thinks you're fabulous; R is for a reminder to come back next year because we would be lost without all of you here!"
Becker told the volunteers that the school knows how dedicated they are.
"When you are here, it is appreciated," he said. "All the time you give us, gives us teachers more time to spend with the students. Thank you."
The students of the parent volunteers and some of the students that the volunteers helped, sang two songs, under the direction of Steve Bitto, "We Appreciate You" and "Thank You."