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MCSD Volunteer Honored by Florida Department of Education for Outstanding Service
Jensen Beach Elementary School's (JBE) Kelly Brill has been named the Florida Department of Education's 2019-2020 Outstanding Adult School Volunteer for Region III, which includes Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Okeechobee, Osceola, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. The award is presented annually to volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida.
As the Volunteer Coordinator at Jensen Beach Elementary, Ms. Brill has developed a unique program that supports the entire school, deploying volunteers and their services in a variety of ways that support student achievement. She was instrumental in developing the STARS (Successful Teens Assist, Role Model & Serve) program, pairing middle and high school student volunteers with classroom teachers in the mornings. Transportation became an issue for some students, as they needed a way to get to school after volunteering and many of their parents were not available to take them at that time of day. Ms. Brill researched how many children were impacted and facilitated bus transportation through the District, ensuring that middle school student volunteers would be able to catch a bus to their school at a stop close to JBE.
Ms. Brill also manages the school's 4C's reading tutoring program. She recruits volunteers and provides training for this initiative, which is designed to support 24 of JBE's struggling readers by providing them with weekly, one-on-one tutoring sessions. This program has seen the number of participating volunteer quadruple in the last few years, leading to increased opportunities for assistance being offered to struggling students.
Ms. Brill's work has been instrumental in the creation of a service-minded culture at JBE. Teachers are ecstatic to have access to more assistance in their classrooms, leading to an increased feeling of positivity and teamwork throughout the campus. Ms. Brill also serves on the school's PTA Board and contributes many hours each month assisting with school-based activities - movie nights, book fairs, meet the teacher events and more.
“I volunteer in Florida schools because of my three children," she shares. "They are the product of our public school system, and I believe that involved parents can truly make a difference, contribute to positive change, and partner with Florida's educational system to help enhance the local school community.”
"I could not be more proud of Ms. Brill and her dedication to the students and staff of Jensen Beach Elementary School," Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord said. "The impact she has made through the various programs she has implemented and been involved with is priceless. She is extremely deserving of this recognition by the Florida Department of Education."
More than 2,200 active volunteers supported Martin County students and schools last year, providing over 95,000 hours of service and mentorship. For more information about the District's volunteer program, including how to get involved in supporting a local school, please click here.