Whitney Rosario of Barron Fundamental Elementary School is named Virginia PTA Elementary Volunteer of the Year
Whitney Rosario, parent of a fourth grader and kindergartener, and PTA president at Barron Fundamental Elementary School, has been named the Virginia PTA Elementary Volunteer of the Year. She was selected from a pool of 10 nominees.
Rosario was recognized by Virginia PTA president Pamela Croom at the August 4, 2021, School Board meeting. Croom said Rosario was nominated on the local level and was selected on the Peninsula District level before moving on to state.
“It is not about the volunteer hours, but the mission and values of Virginia PTA,” said Croom. “She really treasures and values that mission at Barron Elementary.”
“Ms. Rosario is truly a blessing at the Barron Village,” said Barron principal Karen Johnson. “Although humble, Ms. Rosario continues to leave her mark at Barron through her time and her talents. She begins each new activity with the focus of supporting the school and bringing forth activities that are fun and engaging for all students. She truly embodies the ‘Barron Village Mentality’ for she is highly collaborative and involves a variety of people from the community, businesses, teachers, parents and students. I am in awe of this remarkable woman.”
In addition to Rosario, Karen Herod, a volunteer at Bethel High School, was honored as a nominee for the Virginia PTA Secondary Volunteer of the Year. Herod’s children have graduated from Bethel, but she continues to share her time with the school.
Ralph Saunders, principal of Bethel said, “Ms. Herod is one the most caring, giving and compassionate volunteers that I have worked with. She is always willing to assist our students and families throughout the school year. We are lucky to have her as part of the Bethel community.”
Congratulations to both of these ladies and thank you for your commitment to our children in Hampton City Schools.