Volunteer Spotlight on… Lisa Gleason

Lisa-GleasonThis past summer, the Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) spoke with Lisa Gleason about the goal to involve more high school and middle school students in WEF’s Family Fun Day.

Gleason knew just where to go. As faculty advisor for Warwick High School’s Interact club, a youth extension of Rotary International, Gleason knows her students have a heart for service.

So, while Interact members have been volunteering for Family Fun Day for several years as ticket takers and general “hands on deck,” this year they stepped up their support with sponsorship of a new mechanical bull competition. For only two dollars (and a signed parent waiver), teens can compete to stay astride the bull.

Gleason was pleased and surprised with the opportunity for a student group to sponsor a game at Family Fun Day. As a reading and support teacher at Warwick, Gleason has received WEF grants to purchase books for her class library and to take students to Barnes & Noble to select their own books for purchase. “I believe (WEF) is a really important resource in our community.”

Warwick’s Interact club meets the first Friday of each month. “Any student can join at any time,” explained Gleason. “We just do community service.” Students volunteer to collect clothing donations, wrap holiday gifts, and support local fundraising and community events.

Members of the club may request to be placed into Mrs. Gleason’s homeroom, and the interest is high. “I had to turn away students this year because I only had room for 51 seats!”

Gleason grins ear to ear describing her homeroom of Interact students. “What a great way to start the day! The energy is phenomenal. To come in at 7:50 in the morning to all these kids!”

Gleason also serves as faculty advisor to Aevidum, a club that promotes acts of kindness and awareness about mental health issues.

Warwick Education Foundation salutes Lisa Gleason for her service!

Katie Grisbacher is a freelance writer/editor living in Lititz. She welcomes your comments at kgrisbacher@gmail.com. For more information on the Warwick Education Foundation visit warwickef.org or contact Executive Director Barbara Mobley at info@warwickef.org.

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