Mettawee School recognizes 104 volunteers

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WEST PAWLET — It's no accident Mettawee School Principal, Brooke DeBonis, quoted Welsh activist Elizabeth Andrew who observed that, "Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." In fact, that sentiment could be the motto for this school this year with it's astonishing volunteers — all 104 of them. Those many humans with heart, who make the time for Mettawee School were feted in June the morning after the sixth grade graduation.

The students, faculty and friends filled the gymnasium to honor the volunteers — a record-number — and their selflessness in the 2018-19 school year. Their contributions included pitching in to read, coach, listen, teach and chaperone field trips. They shelved books in the library, served food and helped clean up at the Thanksgiving Feast and Spaghetti Dinner, stuffed gift bags for the Books and Beyond event, set up chairs for the Holiday Performance and Spring Concert, pitched in on Field Day, participated in the Parent Teacher Organization and simply showed up with a willingness to do whatever when anything was needed.

Each and every volunteer was recognized by the audience and received an inscribed stainless steel mug as a token of appreciation.

"Volunteers always needed, forever appreciated," read the inscription on the front, with the following on the back, "Your warmth and caring ways make us glad to count on you. Thanks for making a difference in everything you do!"

For more information, contact Brooke DeBonis, Mettawee School Principal, 802-645-9009.

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