PUSD Volunteers of the Year

Two volunteers from Poway schools are among the three recently named 2017 PUSD Volunteers of the Year. Cathy Rongey of Westview High School was the third Volunteer of the Year. Rachel Allums has served two terms as PTSA president, parliamentarian, and treasurer over the last five years at Twin Peaks Middle School. She has initiated multiple events for both students and parents, including a back-to-school parent education event, principal chats, and a School Year’s Eve tour and orientation for new and incoming students. She has also been integral to the success of countless events including Character Counts and Volunteer Appreciation breakfasts, Academic Awards Night, Math Making it Real program, SWITCH documentary screening, and Adopt-a-Family gift drive. Rachel serves as a mentor to other PTSA presidents by providing support and sharing her experiences, and she is also the PTSA President at Poway High School.

Jenny Burnett is the driving force behind Pomerado Elementary School’s annual ReWear sale, which generates money to buy gift cards for Pomerado families in need, spending hours sorting, organizing, and selling donated shoes and clothing for the event. In addition to being a member of the PTA and School Site Council, Jenny is the yearbook coordinator and Book Exchange organizer, and works on a number of other events throughout the school year including the talent show, Science Night, Cultural Night, and Movie Night. She also works with the school’s Spanish-speaking families and encourages them to attend parenting classes, volunteer in classrooms, and be an active part of the learning community.

PUSD recognizes outstanding volunteers who have contributed much time and energy to the students and staff at their respective school sites. Rachel, Jenny, and Cathy were chosen from a very distinguished list of volunteers this year. Learn more at www.powayusd.com.