Just about every day, Savannah Devine is at Dix Street helping out in some way, “She is beyond the simple word ‘volunteer’,” says Kim Seger, 3rd grade teacher. For all she does, she was named the 2017 Otsego Public Schools’ Volunteer of the Year.
“This is such a huge honor,” Devine says, “I know how many volunteers help in our district and was surprised, yet thrilled, to have been chosen.” Devine was key in bringing the Watch D.O.G.S. program to Dix Street Elementary which encouraged dads to volunteer at the school for a day to help out in classrooms, at lunch/recess and having an extra eye on the school campus.
Devine is also a leader on the PTO and runs the school’s Facebook page to keep parents informed of announcements and events. She is also a regular Junior Achievement teacher in various classrooms, K-5, has volunteered her time at our Book Nook during lunches and helped out in the classrooms. She might help teachers with sorting, cutting, making posters, or connect with students running flashcards, practice key concepts, or do whatever is needed to help individual students, “My favorite part has to be the excitement and smiles I get from so many of the kids when they see I'm there to help, again. When you get that big hug for helping a Kindergartener read or a Thank You from a 5th grader because they enjoyed this week's JA lesson or a high five for a successful PTO party, it makes all the time spent at the school so worth it,” she says. Devine is also the go-to person for decorating the hallways with their school building theme.
She says it’s amazing to volunteer at the school with such a great staff and supportive school district; she is grateful for the opportunities she has to help out, “It truly is my passion and couldn't be more thankful for all the opportunities I've been given.
“I love helping the in the schools. I love to help kids learn and grow and to see them succeed. It is so gratifying to work with kids throughout the year and see their progress and especially when they see their own progress,” she says. She not only volunteers at Dix Street, but also at the middle school.
She is appreciated at each location, “Her leadership, positive attitude, creativity and willingness to tackle any task at any time are beneficial to staff and students,” Seger adds.