(i)engage: MV Families Get Involved

Sep 23, 2014 | All School, Media Galleries, Uncategorized

Parent volunteers share their stories of support while new and returning families learn how to get involved at MVPS. 

Discovering the variety of ways one might get “plugged in” at Mount Vernon, many new and returning families attended the recent (i)engage Volunteer Expo. Hearing about the value of engagement, parents listened to three parents who shared why they volunteer at Mount Vernon.

Board of Trustee Member and Mustang Booster Club President Hector Munoz emphasized how his experiences have provided a window into his children’s learning experiences. As a top executive with Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, one of his favorite memories has been speaking to the the Upper School Business & Entrepreneurship Club. Another parent, an executive with Alternative Apparel, Teka Long who has chaired multiple programs at Mount Vernon, not the least of which is this fall’s Denim & Diamonds Benefit, said volunteering allows her to make connections with other families many of whom have become her closest friends. Providing the perspective of a new MVPS parent, Susan Landers shared how volunteering has been a meaningful experience for her entire family. Joining the School last year, Susan and her husband signed up for the Mustang Booster Club, became an Admissions Ambassador Parent, and this year she is co-chairing the Derby Party in the spring.
In addition to hearing the stories of engagement, participants walked the expo talking to parents who wear a variety of “volunteer hats.” The School’s volunteer opportunities were all represented, with many of the parent chairs answering questions and enlisting new “recruits”.

A big thank you goes out to Director of Engagement Emily Goldman, who organized the Volunteer Expo. Families who were unable to attend are encouraged to contact Emily or they may learn more about the variety of volunteer opportunities onlineSpecifically, the School is looking for parents who would like to be an Expert in Residence. Families wanting to get involved in the classroom by providing real-world feedback to students on their work and projects, or serving as mentors should also contact Emily Goldman, Director of Engagement, [email protected]. 

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