SEVERNA PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
Anne Arundel County Public Schools counts on our 20,000 parent and community volunteers who bring their energy and expertise to enrich our students’ learning experience through a myriad of learning activities, including field trips, mentoring, career days, and after-school clubs. Many outstanding volunteers realize needs, envision appropriate projects, and engage others to turn the vision into reality.
Thanks to an infectious “can do” attitude of one such volunteer, the Severna Park Middle School community boasts a huge annual Earth Day Celebration, a professionally landscaped rain garden to filter parking lot run-off, and the Green School Certification.
Ms. Chris Myers, today the Board of Education is pleased to honor you for your dedicated service to our Severna Park Middle School students and community.
As PTO president, Chris effectively leads with an inclusive, collaborative style. Everyone who knows Chris is touched by her enthusiasm, networking capabilities, expertise and warmth. She inspires others to feel like they can accomplish anything, and together, they do.
Sixth grade teacher, Debbie Sparby writes that Chris is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the annual Earth Day celebration, “not just for our school, but for the entire town of Severna Park that includes an array of exhibits, vendors, and games for all.”
Her passion for bringing knowledge of the natural world to Severna Park students led Chris to work with school staff to develop a rain garden that filters parking lot runoff. Chris figured out the logistics involved with meeting county guidelines, financial obligations, the materials needed to implement planting, and enlisted volunteer-power. She secured a $5,000 grant, partnered with Unity Gardens, and worked side by side with volunteers to excavate and plant the highly successful rain garden. It beautifies Severna Park Middle School’s 39 acres, while filtering storm water runoff before it drains into nearby streams.
Severna Park Middle School students, facility and community owe this accomplishment and many other learning opportunities and environmental improvements to Chris Meyers’ creative vision and inspiring “can-do” spirit.
Mrs. Chris Meyers, would you please come forward? With great appreciation, I present this Volunteer of the Month Certificate and Bell to you.