Volunteers of the Year

Volunteer of Year 2019-20

shane dyson Harrison Volunteer of the Year - 2019 - 2020

Shane is one of the first to offer to volunteer for anything we need at Harrison. He knows the students by name, and they enjoy seeing him around the building, and is always willing to help them in any way he can. You can see him every day having lunch with students and going to recess with them. He has even gone out to purchase coats for kids that he has seen didn't have one. When we need something, he is there and willing to lend a helping hand sometimes on short notice. He has even been known to take out the recycling when it is overflowing. Shane is part of our PTA and helps with our clothes closet for the families, our "PTA cafe" in the teachers’ lounge for the teachers and you will always see him helping at the activities PTA puts on for our families at school or off site. He uses his creativity and wood working skills to help build different props for the functions. On Fridays he always brings snacks and drinks for the teachers and the cafeteria ladies. You will always see Shane with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. We are very grateful to have him here at Harrison and we appreciate everything he does.


Tyler Teare Harrison Volunteer of the Year - 2018 - 2019

Tyler Teare comes to Harrison with a group of adults from Goodwill Heartland. He is involved in helping with our Read Every Day folders, a program in which all students at Harrison participate. Tyler helps by replacing the books in the folders when the students return them. This involves re-shelving the old books and finding a new book on the shelf to replace it with. The folder books are tracked upon return so students can get their picture taken after every 10 nights. Volunteers in this program remind the students to return their book if it is not in the folder, make sure the parent has signed their students’ folder, and organize the books in the leveled library when it is needed. Tyler is a big part of the success of this program. He is always so enthusiastic and we enjoy having him here at Harrison. We appreciate all that he does and his dedication to work hard.

2017-18 Volunteer Harrison Gary Strandberg


Mr. Gary volunteers on a regular basis in Mrs. Hunt’s kindergarten classroom. He meets with students to read aloud, work on early language skills and most importantly provides a positive interaction with a community adult. When he enters our classroom all students greet him with a “Hi Gary!” Even though he does not work with all students, he always recognizes the class with a smile and a wave. His calm, kind manner puts students at ease and they always go with him eagerly, ready to work on their language skills with him. On their return he usually gives the whole class a verbal compliment which means a great deal! This interaction with an adult from the community has a powerful effect. For students, it gives them one more opportunity for special one-on-one time, extra practice with building a trusted relationship, and extra practice with reading skills. For Mr. Gary, we hope he has gained an insight into Harrison school, young readers, and mostly how important he is to us here at Harrison!


Cindy Miller Volunteer Year 2017 Harrison News

Cindy Miller - Harrison Volunteer of the Year - 2016 - 2017

Cindy Miller drives from the Quad Cities to provide Harrison students with additional academic and emotional support. A retired kindergarten teacher, she often provides her own materials to help students. She often volunteers at school two or three days a week to help students and staff. In addition to helping with skill development, you can find her sharing hugs, smiles, and kind words. She even volunteers in the cafeteria and on the playground.