Superstar Volunteers Inspire Us During National Volunteer Week

by Rose Hamilton


We‘re building up an impressive list of parent volunteers in our Superstar Volunteers program, a joint effort by PTO Today and the Savings Bank Life Insurance Co. of Massachusetts (SBLI) that kicked off in January. Throughout this program, we’re selecting stellar parent volunteers from around the country and giving them well-deserved national recognition, along with a $500 donation for their school from SBLI!

Their stories are so inspiring we’d like to give our Superstar Volunteers to date another shout out because it’s National Volunteer Week (4/15-4/21)! And the good news is we’re not finished! We still have several Superstar Volunteers to select now through the fall and each will receive a $500 donation for their school from SBLI! (If you’d like to nominate someone, please tell us a bit about this person on our Nominate a Volunteer page.)

Our newest Superstar Volunteer is Audrey Covello of Schererville, Ind.,who has boundless energy to give to Forest Ridge Academy. Covello has the typical modesty of many volunteers, saying the school deserves credit for creating such a great environment for the children. But plenty of parents and teachers say Covello is selfless, often showing up at events and helping out even when her own children are not involved.

Audrey Covello joins a list of Superstar Volunteers that now includes: Ed Bala of Fayetteville, N.C., Lynne Millar of Tracy, Calif., Cathi Knickrehm of Oak Park, Ill., Gary Parkes of Woodstock, Ga., Jeanette Tanafranca of Troy, Mich., Joanna Bradshaw of Fort Meade, Md., and Sunnie Robles-Schmidt of Santa Rosa, Calif.

You can read all the Superstar Volunteers profiles to date here.

Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School receives a $500 donation from SBLI .

And if you know a volunteer at your school that deserves “Superstar” recognition, you can submit a nominee at our Nominate A Volunteer page.

Pictured at right are students from the Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Fort Meade, Md. receiving a $500 donation from SBLI to honor local volunteer Joanna Bradshaw’s “Girls Rock’’ program, which is dedicated to building self-esteem and encouraging physical fitness in young girls.

Congratulations to all these great volunteers – and all our future winners!

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