VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

FEBRUARY 2019 - JODI BADE

 

 

What volunteer roles have you done at Valley View Elementary Booster Club?  

I like to do creative jobs. I have helped put together and perform the library puppet shows for 6 years. I help bring the choir performance stages to life. I help make the center reading area for the book fair. I help run the face paint booth at the carnival. I have helped Donyelle with environmental impact awareness. I have been a presenter at career day. I was a class mom for a couple of years, and I volunteered in the library for one year. I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting. I've been around a while!!

 

Do you have any favorite memories from volunteering at Valley View Elementary Booster Club? 

 

My favorite is getting to be "Vanna" for a puppet show, that means I'm helping but out in front of the stage. There I get to watch all the kids reactions during the show. It's so fun seeing the different age groups roll through, watching them giggle and laugh, and getting to hear their questions at the end of the show. Voicing the characters is pretty fun too. There are definitely lots of laughs at that meeting. 

 

Tell us about some of the people you have met while volunteering...

I feel like I know so many people already because the community is so close and tight-knit. It's pretty rare to get to meet a new person! I enjoy being able to work with the teachers and getting an opportunity to know them better. This year I was excited to meet Katy Guerder because she's a fellow artist with really young kids, so it was nice to connect with someone farther away on the kid age spectrum.

 

What are your hobbies or what do you enjoy doing other than volunteering at VVEBC? 

I like to be creative and make stuff - I do design, woodworking, painting, sewing, etc, so my volunteering dovetails right in with my work.

 

What is one interesting fact about you that would surprise most people?

Most people who know me know this, but if you don't know me.... I was on a team that won an Oscar for best animated short in 1998, and I helped make a bunch of movies including the Ice Age series and Rio. Also, I'm a quiet introvert - surprising, right??

 

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about volunteering for VVEBC?

Volunteering is a great way to "plug in" to the school, have a fun time, make new friends, and really feel connected to this precious time in your child's life. I am able to do a lot because I don't have "a real job", but even if you do work a regular 9 to 5 job, find some ways to do what you can. Many hands make light work.

 

 THANK YOU JODI for sharing your time and artistic talents with us!

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2018 - PAIGE HANSEN

What volunteer roles have you done at Valley View Elementary Booster Club?
Homeroom Parent at a class level most years since 2007; 
VVE T-Shirt Chair since 2010;  Homeroom Coordinator on VVBC Board 2012-2014;  Puppet Show Committee since 2011; Lost & Found Chair since 2012; Silent Auction Committee 2012; EEF Committee 2014/2015; Staff Appreciation Committee various years; Volunteer for Bingo, Social Events, Sock Hop, Book Fair, Teacher Raffle, Carnival etc.

 

Do you have any favorite memories from volunteering at Valley View Elementary Booster Club? 

I really enjoyed taking on the Homeroom Coordinator role on the board and working to make the role of the homeroom parent volunteer easier by redefining how we engage parents to participate in a one-time donation process to cover gifting for the year. This was the start of what I called the Teacher Gifting Fund, but has evolved (as I had hoped it would) to include all staff members in what we now know as the Cardinal Fund.

And near and dear to my Type-A organizational heart would be the Lost & Found rack! When I took over the L&F bin so graciously created by amazing Tamera Merkel, I could tell I had a nasty but necessary job on my hands to come up with a way to move from the pile of germ-infested jackets and lost lunch boxes that no one wanted to dig through, to a solution that would allow kids and parents to clearly see the items each time they passed by. When you know someone in the merchandising business, and an artist that can create a cute L&F sign, the solution becomes a reality. No matter how much we try to write names in jackets, some will always sneak thru and find their way on the rack. I'm happy to have created a solution to keep Valley View clean and tidy. :-) Now if I can just get my hands on the Westridge L&F!

Tell us about some of the people you have met while volunteering...

I've been at VVE since 2007, so there's just too many amazing selfless people I have had the pleasure of serving with to mention specifically. Some of my dearest friendships have evolved from incredible volunteer experiences.

What are your hobbies or what do you enjoy doing other than volunteering at VVEBC? 

Anything involving time with my family and friends. I love to experience new events around town, travel, decorating, organizing and landscaping projects. My biggest passion outside of these things is fostering animals. I have fostered over 35 animals in the last 3 years, and adopted a few more than I probably should have. Keeping Austin a no-kill city fuels my energy to continue loving on every animal I can!

What is one interesting fact about you that would surprise most people?

Not sure...maybe that I actually like "being" alone sometimes. I tend to raise my hand for more than I probably should, so it may seem like I thrive on constant interaction. I am a middle child of 3; have an amazing husband, 4 crazy busy kids, 3 cats (for now), 4 dogs (no more please!), and too many fish and past chickens, lizards, hamsters, and hedgehogs to count. So, carving out time for myself to relax or reflect and thank God for all these amazing blessings in my life, is a necessary challenge for my sanity! 

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about volunteering for VVEBC?

Volunteering is a selfless act! Do it because it will help someone else achieve their goals! The "It takes a village" saying is absolutely true when it comes to Elementary level volunteering. A handful of the same volunteers CAN and DO make a difference, BUT, when EVERYONE pitches in and contributes time, money, and/or skills (whatever you can), the overall experience felt by all is immeasurably better!

THANK YOU Paige for sharing your time and talents with us and for so many years!

 

 

November 2018 - Katherine Farshler

What volunteer roles have you done at Valley View Elementary Booster Club?  

Career Day 2018

Do you have any favorite memories from volunteering at Valley View Elementary Booster Club? 

I loved having the opportunity to recruit and coordinate a diverse and interesting group of professionals to come to career day.  I enjoyed talking to so many people who had real passion for their work and were willing to come try to inspire our fantastic 4th and 5th graders.  Getting to see how much these volunteers and students got from this event really was rewarding. 

Tell us about some of the people you have met while volunteering...

Getting to know the counselors and so many wonderful teachers and family members was such a great way to get to know people outside of direct interactions via my VVE Cardinal.  I also enjoyed expanding my network with other parents and community members who could come speak with the kids.  Several of our speakers didn't even have a direct connection to the school! It was great to see the amount of interest in giving back.  The community that supports this school is incredible!  

What are your hobbies or what do you enjoy doing other than volunteering at VVEBC? 

I don't get much time to pursue my own hobbies these days with a busy work schedule and family life but when time allows my passion has always been horses. I hope one or both of my kids will feel the same because I would love to share that experience with my kids just as I did with my mom.

I also volunteer and advocate for the Alzheimer's Association given my mother, Alexis, has been living with the disease for the last 10+ years. The whole family rallies around this cause and it helps us to feel we are honoring her and helping to enable the first survivor of this terrible disease.  

What is one interesting fact about you that would surprise most people?

I grew up in Flippin, Arkansas (google it, it's a real place)!  Home of Ranger Bass Boats in the Ozark Mountains.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about volunteering for VVEBC?

Find an area that you are passionate about and raise your hand to help.  There are so many wonderful opportunities to help engage beyond your child's classroom.  I've loved having the opportunity to do this.

 THANK YOU Kathleen for sharing your time and talents with us!

  

 

October 2018 - Lori Foster  

What volunteer roles have you done at Valley View Elementary Booster Club?   

Carnival Chair for 3 years, Big Red Mascot, Book Fair and Bingo Night

Do you have any favorite memories from volunteering at Valley View Elementary Booster Club?     

The love and smiles you get from being Big Red

Tell us about some of the people you have met while volunteering... 

Met a lot of great VVE parents/families that have truly become great friends to me and my family

What are your hobbies or what do you enjoy doing other than volunteering at VVEBC? 

Spending time with my family, traveling, water sports

What is one interesting fact about you that would surprise most people?

I have a US Patent

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about volunteering for VVEBC?

Take a chance...it opens up a great opportunity to serve your community and great school.  You get to meet a lot of amazing families.

 

THANK YOU LORI for sharing your time and talents with us!