CSS Parent Volunteer Spotlight: Kayoko Sakon

Luca

I have been helping out at CSS since my daughter Luca, now a junior, came to the school in the sixth grade. The first time I volunteered was the Hispanic Cultural Celebration, organized by Professor Weiner. It just blew me away. The event was great and I had fun working with everyone. So many families donated delicious homemade food. After that first fun experience, I have been able to help with most school events and activities over the years, volunteering at Picture Day, assembling teacher-appreciation goody bags for the holiday season and organizing the Teacher-Appreciation luncheon, volunteering at the Holiday Extravaganza, the Musicals, Black History Month and the International Festival. And I try to help Leslie Brown and the others volunteers with the First Friday Bake Sales. I also enjoy chaperoning school field trips.

There are lots of options for volunteering at CSS -- something is being planned all the time. I have a flexible daytime schedule and CSS always needs parent bodies, so I have been able to do a lot. But there are some parents who are only able to participate in one or two activities a year. I appreciate that they are doing what they can and enjoy meeting them when we volunteer together. Now that the CSS event and volunteering calendar has been created and distributed, other parents can know when and how to volunteer. I also think specific grades or classes can organize events. What matters is that parents come out and help as much as they can. By volunteering at CSS, I have become familiar with other parents, both in my daughter’s grade and in others, and am now able to exchange information and ideas with them and together we work towards helping CSS become even better. 

Now's your chance to volunteer at CSS. See the attached Volunteer Opportunities list to get involved. For more information, contact Richard Rubin at ptacommunications@columbiasecondary.org. Know a CSS parent volunteer whose great work should be spotlighted? Send a note to the same email.

Thanks very much to CSS parent and PTA Exec Board member Gregory Morris for interviewing Kayoko.