Impacting The life of Others Through Volunteerism

Please allow me to express my heartfelt gratitude to Nancy Caldwell, who is the Principal at Kennedy Elementary School, as, well as her key staff, who played an integral role in selecting a volunteer from their school, to attend our “MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER” event at the Overture Center.

I am encouraged to continue knocking on doors, sending out emails and asking for the support of INVOLVED SCHOOLS who employ great principals, teachers, and are filled with INVOLVED PARENTS & Community volunteers, like Mr. Dan Rose, who volunteered at Kennedy Elementary School for four days per week.

 

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Mr. Rose, was accompanied to our event with his principal, companion and key school staff. Their pride in what he has accomplished with their students, was infectious and left an indelible mark on the hearts of attendees and myself. Mr. Rose is not a parent, but still manages to volunteer his time, skills and expertise to students faithfully, for four days per week and has been consistent at making major academic impacts on the lives of students, through his volunteerism.  It was such an honor to meet this volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to Kennedy students and teaching staff. He tutored in science, math and literacy on a regular basis. He epitomizes the type of involvement that ALLPARENTSONDECK, has tried to promote in our social media, websites, churches and communities.

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Event Photographer Madison WI - http://www.uedaphotography.com/

Several weeks, after the event at the Overture Center; I was fortunate enough to go to Kennedy Elementary School and present a plaque to Mr. Rose, without knowing that the day I arrived was his last day as a volunteer at his school. The principal allowed me to present him with his plaque in front of 500+ students, who sat attentively on the playground, as, I publicly thanked him for his service as an American soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan and as a volunteer who has impacted so many lives at this school. It warmed my heart as the children came up to say goodbye and to thank him for volunteering at their school. The pride that teaching staff had for this man was evident by all of the cameras and I-PHONES that were in position as we presented him with his recognition. He moved to another city, but his willing spirit and the service that he consistently provided to so many children will never be forgotten at Kennedy Elementary School.

Our schools are filled with great volunteers who continue make positive impacts on the lives of others. We will do our part to encourage more schools to recognize their volunteers during the school year.

 

Email Sharon Billings to find out what you can do to get involved and support our organization: www.allparentsondeck.com, or to volunteer in your local school and community. 

 

The third Sunday in the month of June, is when we celebrate our all fathers, uncles, husbands and others men who have brought life into the world. The roles that you have played, be they good or bad, or minimal have impacted the life of your child or children. This is not the day for anyone to decide whether you are a real, fake or partial father. That is a decision that you and your wife, girlfriend or lady will have to make within the confines of your meeting place.

 

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ALLPARENTSONDECK, would like to express gratitude to all fathers. We hope that you will receive the recognition and gratitude that you deserve for supporting your wife and/ or the mother of your children. Thank you for the role that you have played in positioning your children into positions of excellence and instilling in them self-confidence and for getting involved in their respective school communities.

Thank you for talking them up and sharing special moments with your coworkers within your places of employment. Thank you for the small things that you said to your daughters and sons to give them the confidence to thrive. Thank you for demonstrating to your family the value of working hard, getting an education and respecting others. Thank you for all of the sacrifices that you made, in order that your children could have a far better life than yours. Thank you most of all for teaching them the tenements of faith and for being that type of man, that others aspire to be like and pattern their parenting skills after. There are so many of you in the world and you deserve recognition for all that you do and will continue to do in the future. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to ALL FATHERS.

Condolences To Families and Victims of Orlando Shooting 06/12/2016

Expressions of sympathy is never enough for loved ones, when they lose family members to sickness, death and violent crimes. However, in situations where cold-blooded crimes occur in our land – there doesn’t seem to be very much more than the citizenry can do or say.

justletuslove-clip-art-4I would like to express my condolences to each family member whose loved one was injured or killed, on June 12, 2016 by an evil killer, who opened fire in a gay club in Orlando, Florida. It is my sincere hope and prayer that millions of Americans and others in different countries, will pray for healing in our land and in the hearts of each mother, father, sister, brother and partner, who is preparing to bury the remains of their loved one.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sharon Edwards-Billings

President/Founder

ALLPARENTSONDECK, LLC.

“INVOLVED PARENTS – ROCK”

I wish that there was a way for me to articulate in words, the exhilaration that flooded my heart on April 29, 2016, as, I recognized each parent honoree and community volunteer for their service to our schools and communities. It took me about one week to digest the appreciation that parent honorees and community volunteers expressed to me, during and after the “MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER” event was over.

Guest and Sharon Edwards-Billings

Guest and Sharon Edwards-Billings

Several parents’ eyes lit up like christmas trees as they marched across the stage to receive their certificates that were presented by ALLPARENTSONDECK, to each parent honoree from the Madison, Milwaukee, Sun Prairie and Verona School Districts.

Joe Hagen - President - ALLPARENTSONDECK, LLC

Joe Hagen – President – ALLPARENTSONDECK, LLC

 

My heart probably skipped several beats in unison with them as each parent, stood at the center of the stage with me and then at the other end for their personal photograph. We had a wonderful photographer – Romulo Morishita – Ueda Photography, onsite to capture each moment for parents. The photos are available via his website www.uedaphotography.com.

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR - GLENDA WILLIAMS, Milwaukee Community

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR – GLENDA WILLIAMS, Milwaukee Community

 

We look forward to next year in April, when we will present a similar type of award ceremony to more parents. Each school district will receive information about the nomination process, well in advance so that they can help ALLPARENTSONDECK, to recognize parents and other volunteers for their positive involvement in our schools.

President - ALLPARENTSONDECK, LLC

President – ALLPARENTSONDECK, LLC

Submit your comments and questions via email to info@allparentsondeck.com and Sharon Edwards-Billings will respond within 48 hours.