Once in a while, a school volunteer is so valued, that she is offered a paying job in the school building. One such outstanding volunteer quickly realized, however, that although the job provided close contact with students, it didn’t allow her the opportunities to help out around the school as often as she would have liked. So, back to her daily volunteering routine she went – going above and beyond the call of volunteer duty to help wherever and whenever needed. No wonder, at Jacobsville Elementary School, this treasured lady is affectionately known as “Grandma Gail.” The Board of Education is pleased to honor Mrs. Gail Eminizer as the November AACPS Volunteer of the Month.
Mrs. Eminizer began her relationship with the school system over 20 years ago as a food service worker in the cafeteria. After retiring as the kitchen manager, she started volunteering at her grandson’s school – Jacobsville Elementary. She volunteers to help, no matter the grade level, no matter the task. Weekly, Gail holds a steadfast post at the copier, she pulls groups of students for enrichment activities, she laminates, she helps with PTA events, MSA preparation, class projects, Kindergarten registration, vision/hearing screening, serves as guest reader, and keeps fresh coffee available for the staff.
Gail is a one-woman welcoming committee, ensuring that all who learn and teach or visit Jacobsville Elementary feel at ease and are cared for. She is never without a smile on her face and a willing and happy heart. She will do whatever she can to promote the health and welfare of the Jacobsville students and to make every day better for those with whom she comes in contact.
Sandy Weller, Jacobsville’s reading specialist, reports that the staff couldn’t think of a reason Gail Eminizer shouldn’t be honored as Volunteer of the Month. “She does everything! We’re so lucky to have someone like Gail, who gives her heart for the school and children.
“Gail is an invaluable and irreplaceable part of the Jacobsville family,” responded Principal, Gwen Atkinson, “and it will be wonderful to recognize her for her continual selfless acts of kindness.”
Mrs. Gail Eminizer, would you please come forward? With great appreciation, I would like to present this Volunteer of the Month Certificate and bell to you.