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Anne Arundel County Public Schools selects an Educator, Employee, and Volunteer of the Month from September through June.

The Educator of the Month and Employee of the Month are chosen by a committee made up of members of the Anne Arundel County Retired School Personnel Association (AARSPA)

The Volunteer of the Month is chosen by a committee made up of staff from the Office of School & Family Partnerships and parents.

Volunteer of the Month

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October  2014





Today, the Board of Education is pleased to honor an outstanding volunteer who is neither a student’s parent or grandparent - one is simply the epitome of a dedicated volunteer.  For over ten years, she has used her gifts to enrich children’s lives by providing costumes for the Brock Bridge Elementary School Drama Club. From “Willie Wonka,” “101 Dalmatians,”  “Aladdin” and “Pirates!” to last year’s “At the Bandstand,” Mrs. Polly Barnes, makes sure the “show goes on” as smoothly and with as much magic as possible.


Every year, for more than a decade, Mrs. Barnes has maintained her constant, unassuming presence for the 2nd to 5th graders of the Brock Bridge Drama Club.  She begins researching and planning the costumes, props, sets, and many other behind-the-scenes jobs long before students join the club.  Mrs. Barnes studies the play, goes through her lists of prior years’ costumes and props, then hits the local thrift stores, yard sales, and scours catalogues for the perfect items.  She cleans and irons trampled costumes, alters poodle skirts, stitches lion suits, and creates Dalmatians from sweatshirts and felt and creates new costumes as needed.  Each is expertly tailored for every chorus singer and lead role. 


Mrs. Barnes gives countless hours to attend every rehearsal where she studies the script, analyzes what props are needed for each scene and choreographs the scene and prop changes. 


As Mrs. Barnes’s steadfast leading man, Mr. Barnes is a familiar the presence who delivers the racks of costumes, each carefully organized and tagged.  He is nearly as tireless as she, as he creates fabulous props and builds imaginative set pieces.


Kindergarten teacher, Susan Wallis writes, “Our drama club is a profound opportunity for our students to experience the joy of performing on stage before a live audience.  Mrs. and Mr. Barnes provide the support that allows the children to concentrate on their performances with confidence. They have given so much to our school through their love and commitment to our students… For many students, I feel no one is more deserving of this award.”


Julie Hummer, PTA President, “Without Mrs. Barnes skills and organization, the show truly wouldn’t go on.  Her dedication to the students is evident in the success of the drama club program and every performance.  Indeed, her creativity and skill has made amateur elementary school performances into magical events for hundreds of Brock Bridge children.  In addition to the children’s broad smiles and quick Thank Yous, I hope she does realize and how much the impact her hard work (and that of Mr. Barnes) is appreciated by the entire Brock Bridge community.”


Bravo, Mrs. Barnes, Bravo!  Would you please come forward? 


With great appreciation, I would like to present this Volunteer of the Month Certificate and Bell to you.