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‘Thank you’ to MISD volunteers

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

Volunteering not only works for those receiving help but also those who do different kinds of volunteering acts. Truth be told, when faced with the question of “why is volunteering important,” there are many reasons why it is beneficial to all concerned.

Firstly, when we volunteer our time for a good cause; the rewards we reap are far greater than any promotion we could get from work; or good grades we get from school. People who volunteer can’t help but feel just a little bit more positive about life. When we see the dire straits of others; we feel lucky and blessed to have a better life.

Another reason why volunteering is important is that we provide to others the spirit of generosity— of giving back to others; even strangers, all the good things we have received in life. It’s paying it forward as volunteers would often tell people who ask why is volunteering important to them?

Still perhaps to others, when asked, we say that its importance lies in showing those who need help that the world is still a beautiful place in which to live. It’s validating that no matter what kind of tragedy strikes; there would always be a silver lining to every rain cloud.

Volunteering also gives hope to those who may have lost all hope to live; who may have lost their trust in humanity. We may even be instrumental in inspiring others to pick up their lives and start over; and perhaps also inspire others to volunteer their time, talent and resources. In Milano, we are blessed with a number of individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and energy for worthy causes. The Milano Lions Club, PATCH Club and Volunteer Fire Department are a few organizations that come to mind when thinking of volunteer organizations.

This weekend the Milano Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary held their garage sale. A lot of ladies spend countless hours receiving, sorting and preparing for t he weekend e vent. N ot only do the proceeds go towards helping our volunteer fire department, but, the sale itself helps families in need provide for themselves.

The Milano Athletic Booster Club held their annual alumni softball tournament this past weekend as well. Numerous parents, community members and students volunteered to organize and work this event. Lots of time and energy goes into preparing for this event and it was done flawlessly. It was great seeing so many of our former students that I do not get to see very often.

MISD has numerous individuals who have volunteered their time and energy this year to help the school a nd our children. W e would like to take the time to recognize them for their efforts. On April 22 we will provide a luncheon for the numerous parents and community members who have given of themselves as a way of saying “thank you” and we appreciate your contributions to Milano ISD.

rwestbrook@milanoisd.net


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