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Anne Arundel County Public Schools selects an Educator, Employee, and Volunteer of the Month from September through June.

The Educator of the Month and Employee of the Month are chosen by a committee made up of members of the Anne Arundel County Retired School Personnel Association (AARSPA)

The Volunteer of the Month is chosen by a committee made up of staff from the Office of School & Family Partnerships and parents.

Volunteer of the Month

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Brenda Lasher, South Shore Elementary School

Every school needs at least one volunteer who arrives with a smile, helps willingly, uses her talents to accomplish what’s needed, and exercises warm leadership to inspire others to volunteer.  According to South Shore Elementary principal, Stacy Shafran, Brenda Lasher is that person for whom the saying, “she goes above and beyond,” was written.   


The Board of Education is proud to honor South Shore’s outstanding volunteer, Mrs. Brenda Lasher, as September’s Volunteer of the Month. 


Principal Shafran sees Mrs. Lasher’s organization and leadership skills as key to her accomplishments for the school.  When teams of volunteers are needed, Mrs. Lasher makes it happen.  If it’s a project Mrs. Lasher can see through independently, she does, and it’s done well.   


In addition to being involved in all PTA events, Mrs. Lasher’s contributions to South Shore over the past three years are many and varied.  I’ll share a few. 


·         Last school year, South Shore received an enormous leveled-reading library of paperback books for every grade and for the media center.  To reduce inevitable wear and tear, Mrs. Lasher took home and covered every grade’s set of books, as well as all of the media centers’ paperback books. 

·         The Veteran’s Day observance at South Shore is always special, with loads of decorations, a school-wide assembly, and a corps of veterans and active military classroom speakers.  Last year, Mrs. Lasher single-handedly designed and constructed a beautiful banner on which she attached 300 stars, each signed by a South Shore student.

·         “Winter Around the World” was South Shore’s 2015 winter concert theme.  Every student engaged in six theme-related, hands-on holiday activities.  Mrs. Lasher and other volunteers worked diligently with school staff to collect and organize the mass of materials needed for all 300 students to complete and take home all six activities.

·         Finally, last spring, a giant, 25’ X 35’ National Geographic map of Africa was loaned to South Shore for two weeks.  Each student in this IB/PYP, French-language school, participated in unique “hands and feet-on” experiences to learn about the 19 French-speaking countries of the African continent.  It couldn’t have happened without Mrs. Lasher’s daily assistance.


Mrs. Lasher, thank you for devoting these years of exemplary volunteer work to benefit the students, staff and families of South Shore Elementary School.  We hope you can continue to contribute your time and talents in this new school year. 


With great appreciation, we want to present Mrs. Lasher with a Volunteer of the Month Certificate and Bell.