Volunteer of the Week: Jaime Hested

Like many of us, Jaime Hested is in her final weeks at McDonald Int'l School. She is on the committee planning this year's 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, lunch, and dance. Jaime also helped plan the last two Islandwood trips and last year's 5th Grade Promotion.

Having so much institutional knowledge, she reached out to rising 5th grade families to pass it on and invite them to participate in this year's event planning. Jaime reflected: “My twins will not be going to McDonald... so this is the end of the road for me. Remember when McDonald was an “idea?” My oldest was in that first kindergarten class (before immersion), and Asher, my current 5th grader, was in that second class when immersion began. As I’ve been adjusting to the realities of a new school and starting over, it has made me all the more aware of the level of parental engagement going on at our school, the INCREDIBLE communication and website, and that small school feeling - which I find SUCH a gift! Thank you to all of you for what you have done and are continuing to do—I’m finding it hard to say goodbye.”

Jaime draws inspiration from many other McD parents, often downplaying her own role in signature McDonald events like first ever Ice Cream Social before McDonald even opened: “Kristi Brumbaugh and I worked the PTA Sign Up table…. and in the second to last one of the photos Jamila can be seen, too!” At the same time, other parents cite Jaime as a role model. Fourth grade room parent Happie Ari remembers meeting Jaime and “bonding over ice cream cake at my first ever McD PTA board meeting.” It's a good reminder that we are all someone's role model. Thank you, Jaime!

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