Kari Bird served as the Gala Chair during the 2016-17 school year, putting on the Celebrate Our World gala, one of the most successful events in DIS history. She and her husband, Richard, have a fourth-grader and a seventh-grader at DIS.
Q: What do you feel like was the biggest lesson you learned from being gala chair/volunteering during the 2016-17 school year?
A: It is difficult to narrow down the biggest lesson, since I learned so many. I really appreciated the way a variety of parents, teachers and staff collaborated and persevered throughout the year to pull off a giant gala event with several moving parts.
Q: What was the biggest challenge that came from being gala chair?
A: I think DIS community members are passionate about our school and it's mission. Every year we face the challenge of maximizing fundraising dollars to provide the greatest possible benefit to students.
Q: What would be your piece of advice to parents that are looking for ways to get involved at DIS?
A: Read your room parent messages and attend PTO General Meetings to learn about volunteer opportunities that match your skill set and schedule.
Q: What do you hope your children learned from watching you volunteer at the school?
A: I hope they learned that I'm strongly invested in both them and their school. Plus, it won't be long until they're too embarrassed to see me around campus, so I need to volunteer while I still can!