MPS recognizes Volunteers of the Month
Mary and Paul Whitlock of Kerr Elementary are MPS Volunteers of the Month. The school board honored them in April.
Dr. Ben Whiting, school board member, presents the Volunteer of the Month Awards.
School board tribute
Kerr bought one and got two free! Wendy Whitlock, sixth-grade teacher, recruited her husband, Paul, and his mother, Mary, as volunteers.
Paul is a Maricopa County master gardener. He does more than weed, till and water. He teaches! And he inspires. Students grow, tomatoes, onions, beans, broccoli and flowers.
They compost, and they learn about the environment. Paul posts questions to make students think as they walk by their gardens.
Can a tomato grow upside down? Does a biodegradable potato chip bag really decompose?
Mary volunteers in Wendy’s class every morning. She checks assignments, listens to students read, grades papers and helps with study guides. Mary brought a wealth of knowledge in grammar, sentence structure and writing from her work at Mesa Community College. Mary provides holiday treats and buys class supplies with her own money.
Mary and Paul are gentle and patient. They are loved by students and staff. They contribute so much, and they really make a difference. Team Whitlock is a terrific asset to Kerr!
Mary and Paul, thank you for your generosity and your devotion to the kids at Kerr Elementary. We are pleased to honor you as MPS Volunteers of the Month.
Volunteers of the Month receive certificates, printed tributes, key chains and mugs from MPS. They receive $50 gift cards and books titled "The Heart of a Volunteer" from the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence.