Nantucket Elementary School
Volunteers who enrich our school community come from all walks of life, but it’s exceptional when a full-time college student consistently devotes over six hours each week to a school.
Mr. Aaron Moon, you are that exceptional volunteer at Nantucket Elementary School, and so, today, the Board of Education is proud to honor you as our January Volunteer of the Month.
According to Principal Sara Pickens and Assistant Principal, Megan Edwards, Aaron Moon “is an extraordinary individual, and a man of many hats.” In addition to his volunteer service at Nantucket, Aaron is a language arts education major at Bowie State University, and works part-time for Old Navy, one of Nantucket’s community business partners.
Aaron meets one-on-one, twice weekly with students who need a positive male role model. The trusting relationships he builds with these students help them to be successful throughout the day and to feel connected at Nantucket. Aaron also supports various school and county initiatives even after school hours and on weekends. He packed food boxes for Harvest for the Hungry, and weekend snacks for Backpack Buddies. He participated in WATCH D.O.G.S., was a guest speaker for the school’s “Kids at Hope” Talk series, and jogged the “Girls on the Run” 5K. Aaron supports Nantucket’s diverse community through his attendance in Morning Achievement Group and day-long field trips with international families. He and his two Old Navy supervisors are key to the store’s partnership with Nantucket Elementary, including sponsorship of a family at Christmas and other initiatives throughout the year.
Ms. Edwards reports, Mr. Moon is “simply the most conscientious, dependable volunteer and mentor we’ve ever met.” He already displays the attributes of a professional educator with great focus, and people and communication skills, and is respected by teachers and students alike. Six members of the Nantucket School Community wrote letters of recommendation for this award, including this one:
My name is Ryan and I’m a fifth grader at Nantucket Elementary School…. At the beginning of fifth grade, I was still having trouble getting my work done. In August, Mr. Aaron … started helping me with my independent work. … (Now) My grades are better and I am understanding what I’m reading better.
… Mr. Aaron… makes me feel smart and happy, … and helps me focus on what I am doing. …He is not just important to me, he is important to other students and teachers at our school. Mr. Aaron is helpful, kind and trustworthy to everyone. He makes our school much better and I hope Mr. Aaron can still help me next year in middle school.”Principal Pickens writes, “The school improvement team recently agreed with one teacher’s solution to help students with repeat office referrals: We need to get more Aaron Moons! If every school could have just one “Aaron Moon” they would be blessed.”
Thank you, Mr. Moon.