Thank you Jennifer for everything that you do. The McCall PTA appreciates you!
- Tell us about yourself ! My name is Jennifer Garvin, but please call me Jen. I am the Environmental Chair for McCall PTA. This means I like to nag people about recycling, often leave school with dirt on my face (I mostly hang out in the garden) and you might run into me in the hall with a bag of live worms in my hand! I have been married to Carson for almost 20 years and have 3 kids. Jacob is a freshman at Baylor University, Noah is a senior at Plano East and Emily is a 5th grader at McCall. My sons attended McCall with my oldest starting kindergarten the first year the school opened. We have been at McCall for a LONG time!
- How long have you been volunteering at McCall? I started volunteering around 2008 doing mostly take-home projects for teachers that involved a lot of cutting and gluing! Over the years I have helped with Thursday packets, workroom projects, classroom parties, festivals and Student PTA. I have been serving as the Environmental Chair since 2014 and am also currently serving on the Budget Committee. I started volunteering at McCall because I enjoy being involved in our school community, interacting with my kids and their classmates at school events and meeting and working with other parents.
- Why do you volunteer at McCall? I volunteer because I believe our PTA is crucial to the success of our students. The McCall PTA provides educational and social opportunities that would not otherwise be possible. My favorite part of volunteering at McCall is the garden! I was asked in 2015 by Mrs. Kimbriel and Coach Walker to head up a project to start a garden on our campus. Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses, our PTA and our amazing, dedicated volunteers the garden became a reality in the fall of 2016.
- What is your favorite part of volunteering? What is your favorite way to volunteer (event, project, etc.)? The garden is a lot of hard work but has been a very rewarding project for me personally. There is nothing more fulfilling than spending beautiful, sunny days in the garden with our curious students planting flowers and veggies. Then, working with them to harvest and taste the fruits of their labor…pun intended! The kids have such an affinity for the garden. My heart is full when I get to spend my day digging with them in the soil, discussing the benefits of pollinators or placing a tiny radish seed in the hand of a kinder student and watching them plant it with great precision and care.