Senior Volunteer of the Year

Gerre Wood: Senior Volunteer of the Year for Palm Beach County
Posted on 01/15/2019
Gerre Wood served as an educator for nearly 50 years, but retirement wasn’t in the books for her, so Wood spent the last 11 years volunteering at Roosevelt Elementary School.

The former media specialist can often be found in the media center checking, shelving, repairing and taking inventory of books. When she’s not between the stacks, Wood is often transforming the entire media center with decorations, that she buys with own money, highlighting the holidays, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Black History Month or Hispanic Heritage Month. She also ensures that the kindergarten and fifth-grade graduations and holiday shows at the school have an appropriately-decorated stage for the events.

Wood also reads with the children, she helps organize Reading Counts, Literacy Night, the book fair and STEM exercises.

Even though Wood goes above and beyond, by volunteering more than 50 hours per week, Wood has stepped up her game to show her appreciation for the teachers by organizing all of the appreciation gifts and lunches for the staff at the school.

The three winners from Palm Beach County are now nominated to be recognized by the Florida Department of Education for the statewide Outstanding School Volunteer Award which will be announced later in the school year.