Volunteer Spotlight: Alison Sheffer

AlisonAlison Sheffer has been volunteering at Lakeview since the day her oldest son Brady, now a fifth grader, entered Kindergarten. Even after her younger son Blake, currently in second grade, entered school, she was a room parent for both boys’ classrooms, was in charge of the Back to School BBQ and the Birthday BBQ, and worked often in the classrooms. Alison has held PTSA board positions formally for three years but worked in PTSA volunteer positions since 2010. She is currently serving as fundraising chair and will be sorely missed when she “retires” this spring. Alison acted in a supporting role for Lakeview’s first jogathon 3 years ago, and in subsequent years continued as the owner of this successful event which, in the three years since its inception, has almost solely funded the PTSA budget and special purchases, raising over $225,000.

In her “spare” time Alison loves spending time with her family – husband Matt, 2 boys and their dog. She enjoys being active, particularly water skiing, gardening, boating, as well as cooking and entertaining. Alison also like watching sports – both her boys and college/professional. Conversely, her pet peeve is social media.

Alison has valued her time volunteering at Lakeview and has a particularly fond memory of the first Jogathon. She states “We really didn’t know how it would go or how our parent community would respond. We were so nervous the kids wouldn’t have fun or it would be a total flop. But instead the kids/teachers/principal and volunteers had a blast and the fundraising was a success.” On a personal level, it is hard to match the memory of each of her boys’ first day at Lakeview.

Moving forward, Alison would like to see continued increase in parent involvement through volunteering and financial support for the PTSA. States Alison, “parents have a chance to make the biggest impact on their child’s education by supporting the PTSA as this is the body that provides what the teachers feel they need to improve student learning and experience. The programs, supplies, teacher support, scholarships, activities and equipment provided to each child only happens because of the donations and efforts from the PTSA.”

On behalf of the current PTSA board, Lakeview teachers, students and administration, a heartfelt thank you to Alison for her tireless and continued efforts over the years. She has made an impact on the community and we are lucky to have her.