JAY and DORIS GARVIN
GEORGE T. CROMWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Many of our students’ parents wish they had daytime hours available to volunteer in their child’s school. Some seize the opportunity later in life by volunteering once they retire to bring their life-long experience, wisdom, and “grandparently ways” to enrich our students and assist teachers and staff.
This month, The Board of Education is pleased to honor both Jay and Doris Garvin with the Volunteer of the Month Award for generously dedicating their time and talents to the students and staff of George T. Cromwell Elementary School.
About three years ago, Jay and Doris devised a simple plan to volunteer every Friday at their grandchildren’s school. Now that initial offer has grown to multiple days dedicated each week to the school. The staff and students happily welcome the Garvins’ warm, enthusiastic presence to their classrooms and offices, knowing they are there to assist wherever they can.
Mrs. Garvin is an invaluable Media Center volunteer. She loves to run the Chessie Reading Club every Wednesday morning, then she stays to organize and shelve books and diligently ‘clerk’ for the teachers by completing endless copying, laminating and cutting-out tasks. Mrs. Garvin insures no task goes unfinished, even if it means she returns for an unscheduled volunteer day to complete it.
Mrs. Garvin’s sidekick, Mr. Garvin, shares her enthusiasm and conscientiousness to help when and where he can. Every week he donates many hours helping students with reading and math. Thanks to Mr. Garvin, third graders are increasing their reading fluency by practicing sight words and reading sentences and passages with him. Likewise, he meets with small groups to reinforce math skills and concepts, ensuring their progress toward mastering the Common Core standards. The students clamor to work with Mr. Garvin and, obviously, the feeling is mutual.
Principal Mary Beth Gormley declared, “The Garvins are treasured in our school. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and we are always thrilled to see them in our building. Our staff and students are enriched by their warm relationships with two knowledgeable and caring grandparents.”
Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Garvin. Would you please come forward? With great appreciation, I would like to present this Volunteer of the Month Certificate and Bell to you.