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At Booster, we know the work of parent volunteers can go unsung and unrecognized. They often give without expectation of recognition. We want to celebrate parent volunteers across the country who go above and beyond for their school and take some time to recognize a few who were nominated by their peers.

That’s why we created the Volly Awards—to honor the amazing, hard-working individuals working behind the scenes to support their school’s students, faculty, staff, and community. 

Each month, we’re selecting one parent volunteer who was nominated by their peers to receive a $150 Amazon gift card and 50 custom shirts, courtesy of Booster Spirit Wear, for any event at their school.

And the Volly Award for January goes to…

We’re pleased to announce our Volly Award winner for January is Maria Medina from Gattis Elementary School in Round Rock, Texas! 

It didn’t take long for Gattis Elementary to notice when Maria Medina decided to get involved with the PTA. From school-wide programs to individualized care for students and parents, Maria stops at nothing to ensure her school is taken care of!

Maria is serving as Gattis Elementary’s PTA President, where her son attends first grade. She didn’t step into this role to gain recognition, but to do everything in her power to make sure parents and students feel seen. In her time as PTA President, Maria has spent extra time reaching out to Spanish-speaking parents at Gattis, who at times can feel like they are excluded due to the language barrier. But that is only where Maria’s attention to the needs of her school begins.

            Maria committed to bringing the Fun Run to her school, and because of her commitment, Gattis was able to raise enough to fund a school-wide book study that allowed students to keep their books! Nominator Jenn Brown said, “The one thing we keep hearing is, ‘We get to keep the book?!’. If that’s not incredible enough, the work of Gattis PTA has funded an update to the library, teacher and staff grants, ukuleles and headphones for the music department, art projects, field trips, and a new student program called RISE where students can engage in unique activities on Friday mornings. Wow! It’s easy to see why Maria is known for staying in touch with the needs of the school and its students.

Maria is connected with our community on a personal level, volunteering for leadership roles that help bring our families together that may not even be associated with our schools. She deserves this more than anyone I know.
-Jenn Brown, PTA VP

As an advocate for the unification of students and parents at her school, Maria has taken on two important programs to the Gattis community. The first of those being International Fest. International Fest is a free event designed to help students and parents explore and exchange a love of culture and heritage within their community. Secondly, she partnered with the Gattis art program to hold a program called “Reflections”. This program allows students to express themselves by submitting their best creative work.

Through every program and commitment made to her school, Maria hasn’t forgotten about her team. Maria is also committed to unifying the families involved with PTA. She organizes events in a way that doesn’t only reach the school, but creates community within its volunteers.

When we have volunteers like Maria who are really willing to put in the work for the benefit of our teachers and students it makes a world of difference to our community. -Brown

We absolutely love celebrating volunteers like Maria, and we think you’ll agree that she is an incredibly deserving recipient of the Volly Award this month. Maria, we are blown away by your energy, inclusivity, and determination to serve every single student, parent, and teacher at Gattis Elementary. From us at Booster, we shout a huge “Thank you!’ for the work you do. It is not unseen or unappreciated!


To nominate a remarkable parent volunteer at your school, visit VollyAwards.com.


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