Good on you, Mum
By EMMA CORNFORD
THIS week was the end of an era for Glenreagh mum, Judy Mitchell.
After nine years of volunteering for everything from canteen duty to school council parent representative, her youngest son Matthew finished his primary schooling at Glenreagh Public School.
But it was a fitting and somewhat proud end to her association with the school ? which she also attended as she was growing up ? after she received the 2005 North Coast Parent of the Year award.
"I grew up at Glenreagh and moved away, but I loved it so much I came back and my sons went to school here, so it's all quite sentimental for me," she said.
"It's such a great community and it's such a good thing to be part of. The people are great and I've really made some lifelong friends out of my time up at the school."
From fundraising to helping at sports carnivals and attending meetings, Mrs Mitchell said there had not been a single activity stand out as her favourite. She also encouraged other parents who had the time to help out at their children's school.
"I love children and I loved having the opportunity to be involved because it's such an important part of your children's upbringing," Mrs Mitchell said. "And not just being there for my own children, but for all of the other people's kids as well. I've been really lucky."
Although some children may be embarrased about their parent's involvement at their school, Mrs Mitchell's sons Matthew and Steven said they were proud of their Mum's achievements.
"I loved it. She was always help- ing us to do stuff and we benefited out of it as well," said 12-year-old Mitchell.
"We're really happy for her, because she's worked really hard for it," said Steven.
With her time at Glenreagh over, Mrs Mitchell will now have some time to herself ? but that hasn't stopped her from putting her hand up for canteen duty at her sons' high school.