ARNOLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Even before her children were school age, our Volunteer of the Month was advocating for their school with a “big picture” community perspective. While this dedication to the larger community continues, this extraordinary volunteer also serves as an in-school volunteer and PTA leader.
Today, the Board of Education is proud to honor Ms. Kerry Petz of Arnold Elementary School as our November Volunteer of the Month.
Years ago, Kerry began attending local development, school board and CAC meetings to report back to the school’s PTA and parent base. She successfully spearheaded efforts to install new sidewalks and crosswalks to enhance safety for children walking to Arnold Elementary School.
Since that success, Kerry served on the Arnold School Building Feasibility Study Team whose final recommendation was that the Arnold Elementary facility be completely rebuilt. When follow-through was in doubt, Kerry rallied the Arnold community and presented undisputable data to convince the AACPS School Board of this necessity. According to fellow parent, Molly Harding, “The school board’s change of heart would never have happened if not for Kerry’s leadership over the past two years and her depth of knowledge of this complex process.”
Even while pursuing the feasibility study behind the scenes, Kerry still made time for in-person volunteering as PTA President and attending school improvement meetings, where she’s been a key contributor to developing ways to improve academic success for students of the Free and Reduced Meals program. Thanks in no small part to Kerry, there are now enrichment programs such as reading buddies and homework help to assist these students.
Kerry is currently serving as the Parent Volunteer Coordinator at Arnold Elementary, utilizing her talent for identifying a person’s interests and gifts to encourage them to participate in and develop new programs such as the successful Hero Boys running club that aided over 30 boys in training for their first 5K, and a beautiful mediation garden built by a mom who is a master gardener. It is through her deep connection to the families at Arnold and the relationship with staff that their confidence in programs Kerry supports that the whole community has benefitted.
Not surprisingly, Kerry Petz was a finalist for the 2015 MSDE Parent Involvement Matters Award. She is currently serving on the Superintendent’s Parent Involvement Advisory Committee and is currently a Leadership Development Institute participant.
Thank you for your service, Kerry. Would you please come forward? With great appreciation, I would like to present this Volunteer of the Month Certificate and Bell to you.