Gia started volunteering at Lakeview when her daughter was in Mrs. Gahnberg’s kindergarten class. Veronica is now a fourth grader in Mrs. Adams class and Lorenzo is a third grader in Mrs. Llanes and Mrs. Douma’s class.
Gia began volunteering by stopping by to help with parties and special events in Mrs. Gahnberg’s class. The next year she volunteered to lead the Reflections art contest and she hasn’t looked back. This year she lead the PTSA’s art docent program, co-chaired the Art Walk with Malia McCabe, organized the PTSA’s science fair, and worked with Brad Schmidt on Lakeview Beautification projects. This year she also served on the PTSA nominating committee and continues to volunteer in the classroom.
Outside of volunteering at Lakeview Gia is on the administrative board of a nonprofit community garden. She is also a master gardener and volunteers with WSU extension. Some of her hobbies include gardening, sewing and cooking. You’ll find Gia and her family at almost all the PTSA and school events from the back to school ice cream social to the end of the year assembly.
When asked about her favorite Lakeview events she mentioned the volunteer tea and the Martin Luther King assembly. Though it was hard to pick just one memory and said, “I have a lots of favorite memories of my past five years at the school, I’ve loved helping kids and being an active art docent, for my kids classes and other classes as well.” She is often recognized by students at school and off-campus and said, “Lots of kids come up to me at Metropolitan market and ask me if it’s OK that they’re not doing a science fair experiment!”
Thank you Gia for all you’ve done to enrich Lakeview with art, science and more.
And congratulations on being chosen as the 2017 Golden Acorn Recipient!