POINT PLEASANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Seventy-two Career Day speakers scheduled; over 2,000 donated canned goods items boxed up for the food bank pickup; 500 Grandparents’ Day guests. These are just a few of last year’s statistics shared by school counselor, Barb Holcomb, about her volunteer’s accomplishments at Point Pleasant Elementary. We’re happy to report that this wonderful volunteer is back this fall, contributing her time and talents to Point Pleasant for a sixth school year.
Today, The Board of Education is pleased to honor Mrs. Raschelle Matheson.
Ms. Holcomb writes that, “Rashelle turns her caring to action with dedication and consistency. I confidently leave certain tasks to her, knowing she’ll efficiently complete them. As a result, it’s a huge relief to have more time for my students.”
It’s difficult to name a Point Pleasant event over the past five years that hasn’t included Raschelle. Again this year, she oversaw the collection, organization and delivery of Harvest for the Hungry food donations – a record-breaking 2,300 items - to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. At "Back-to-School Night,” Raschelle helped distribute school supplies and was “on board” with the Book Fair just a few weeks ago.
Mrs. Matheson is at her best when she's helping others. In November, she personally ensured delivery of Thanksgiving food baskets donated by the organization "Serving People Across Neighborhoods" to ten Point Pleasant families. For the Mentoring Program, Raschelle persuaded a local business to donate specially designed t-shirts. The result: a renewed sense of unity and belonging for the boys and their mentors.
Last year, Raschelle and Ms. Holcomb co-planned the Point Pleasant Career Day, scheduling three presenters for all 24 classrooms. Raschelle gathered an enthusiastic team of volunteers who staffed food and activity tables for more than 500 Grandparents’ Day guests - the highest attendance ever.
“Mrs. Matheson is always willing to help the Point Pleasant staff in any way she can,” writes second grade teacher, Tammy Begunich. “Seeing her smiling face around the school always brightens my day.”
Assistant Principal, Jennifer Riegger regularly observes Raschelle volunteering in many ways: “…working on showcases, PTA fundraisers, making copies, laminating or cutting out, or delivering materials to the classroom. Regardless of the task, Ms. Matheson steps up with a ready and willing attitude. We’re very lucky to have such a dedicated, big hearted volunteer.”
Mrs. Matheson, would you please come forward?
With great appreciation, I would like to present this Volunteer of the Month Certificate and Bell to you.