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The joy of volunteering at a Queensland state school

Dedicated parent volunteer Mrs McEwan has made a big difference at Pittsworth State School

The beaming smiles of students at Pittsworth State School is enough to keep parent volunteer Carol McEwan coming back year after year... for 11 years, to be exact.

Mrs McEwan is passionate about music and has been volunteering in the school’s music program for over a decade, helping out with music camps, eisteddfods, Creative Generation—State Schools Onstage (CGen) and fundraising.

A day volunteering for Mrs McEwan could be playing the piano for the orchestra, conducting the choir, transporting students to a strings camp or teaching students songs for CGen.

'I really love volunteering at school. It has been so rewarding and has made a big difference in my life,' she said.

'The kids are always so happy to see you and say hello—their happiness is contagious, it really makes my day.

'The teachers are appreciative of any help you can give them, and the students... well, they are just little treasures.'

When asked what advice she would give to someone thinking about volunteering at a school, her answer was simple.

'Do it. Just do it,' she said.

'You don’t need to give up a whole day or be there every day. Even an hour of your time could make a big difference in a student’s life, from teaching kids to tell the time, reading a story together or practising sight words.

'The special moments are countless.'

All volunteers in our Queensland state schools play an important and valued role. International Volunteer Day on Thursday 5 December 2019 is the perfect time to recognise their special contributions and show your appreciation.

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Last updated
03 February 2020