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Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer, Lacey and Meadows Elementary

Jennifer poses with two students and their robots.It's National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 22–26, and we're spotlighting some of our amazing volunteers! Meet Jennifer, who (with the help of parent volunteer Christine) leads a robotics club at Lacey Elementary. Twice a week, second-graders spend their enrichment time with Jennifer learning about computer programming using Lego WeDo kits. Students build helicopters, snails, submarines, catapults, and more. Then they program their creations to move and light up. One student says, “I just like being an engineer.” Besides leading the robotics club, Jennifer is creating a catalog of books in the counselor’s library using an equity lens and designing bulletin boards for the school. Jennifer also volunteers in the library at Meadows Elementary, with fifth-grade math students at Seven Oaks, and was this year’s MC for Battle of the Books. She is also a Lunch Buddy mentor! Jennifer taught for 17 years, both as a classroom teacher and a school librarian. After she retired last year, she wanted to stay involved with the North Thurston community. Thank you, Jennifer! Get involved with our district and apply to be an NTPS volunteer now!

Jennifer pointing at the screen of a student's Chromebook while talking to another.