Volunteers

We asked some members of the DIS community to talk about the experiences they've had volunteering and giving at DIS. They had some great answers!



Natalie & Christopher Plumlee

How long have you been at DIS?
 

Our son, Hamilton, started at DIS in Maternelle 1 when he was 3 years old.  So this year is our 8th year as part of the DIS Community.

Why did you decide to come to DIS?  

We both enjoy travel and have traveled abroad for personal and business reasons.  These experiences have helped to broaden and shape our perspectives.  We choose DIS because we desire for Hamilton to broaden his perspective and ways of thinking; better understand the global world in which we live; learn to respect, communicate, and connect with other cultures; and develop skills which will allow him to succeed and find happiness anywhere in the world.  We believe that DIS’ mission and core values will allow Hamilton to excel in these critical areas.
 
How do you support DIS?

Volunteer Activities: We have volunteered in various capacities over the years by serving as room parents, chaperoning class trips and field trips, sending emails to remind parents about the NTX giving, making calls to solicit donations for the NTX giving, etc.

Vehicles for Giving (Annual Fund, NTX giving, Pledge, Expansion Plan, etc): Our family has always participated in the NTX giving and taken advantage of the corporate matching gift program to increase our personal contributions to DIS.   We believe in the core values and mission of DIS, so we have also encouraged our son to give so as to increase his commitment and focus to being a good citizen of the DIS Community.  
 
Why do you choose to support DIS?  

DIS’ billingual and multicultural curriculum is among the most rigorous and challenging in the nation.  We choose to give because as our world continues to develop, change, and grow, DIS will need more resources so that it doesnt become stagnant and it can continue to offer the best to our children. 
 
What would you say to other parents, grandparents and DIS community members to motivate them to give? 

DIS is a unique educational environment which prepares every child who enters into its doors to become global citizens and successfully compete in all arenas.  There is no better way to demonstrate your global citizenship than by giving of your time and/or money to further the DIS mission. 
 
What changes/improvements/Impact have you seen as a direct result of your giving?  

Since we have been a part of the DIS Community, we have seen many advancements to include growth in the enrollment numbers, the addition of the 2 year old educational program, upgrades in the physical facilities, increased in-class technology with the white boards and chrome books,  increased after-school course offerings, etc.



Kari & Richard Bird

How long have you been at DIS?

This is our eighth year at DIS.

Why did you decide to come to DIS?
 
We moved to Dallas from Calgary, Canada and it was important to us to provide our biracial kids with a multicultural, tolerant and multilingual education among a diverse group of staff and students. 
 
How do you support DIS?
 
We have made donations to the Annual Fund and Gala, but we have the most fun when we volunteer at the school.  Kari started out by bringing party items needed by room parents, had a hard time saying 'no' to more volunteer opportunities, and wound up as gala chair this year. Richard has pulled double duty as co- "Room Mom" and gala project leader for one of our daughter's Maternelle classes.  He also survived as a Collin County Camp chaperone with 4th graders. We enjoy the staff, parents and students, which is why we keep coming back for more. 
 
Why do you choose to support DIS?
 
Why not?  Our kids come home speaking three languages, have great friends, fantastic teachers and a remarkably global mindset.  We believe in the education they receive and want to do our part in making each year better than the last. 
 
What would you say to other parents, grandparents and DIS community members to motivate them to give?
 
We are reaping benefits from the efforts of past volunteers and donors who helped make the school what it is today.  We have to do our part to ensure continued growth and success for DIS students.
 
On a lighter note, volunteer when you’re kids are young and still want to be seen with you at school in front of their friends.  When they’re older and complain about school or community service hours, you can remind your kids about your time spent on Pinterest-inspired classroom parties or painstakingly-crafted gala projects that raised funds to buy the music studio they're so fond of.
 
What changes/improvements/Impact have you seen as a direct result of your giving?
 
The best part about volunteering is the chance to interact with other parents, staff and students. Being on campus and helping in the classroom has delighted our kids and made us feel at home within the DIS community.



Ian Seida

How long have you been at DIS?

I started looking into DIS for my daughter Mariam in the Spring of 2013 and Mariam started in the Fall. 
 
Why did you decide to come to DIS?

Long story short, I found in the school a very good learning environment that had something of my childhood to share with my child.  Visiting DIS brought back fond memories of my school as a child, which I credit for teaching me the love of learning  and for opening my eyes  to the world.   
I want for Mariam to learn this at DIS.  
 
How do you support DIS?

I help with carnival. I helped with the father daughter dance one year and a few things here and there. I plan to give more.  I promote the school to others in the community. 
 
Why do you choose to support DIS?

DIS was and is a corner stone of stability for Mariam. Supporting DIS is supporting Mariam as far as I'm concerned. The school helps make more sense out of a culturally and socially ambiguous society.  She needs that.  I cannot be grateful enough. I cannot give back to the school for what it does for my child. 
 
What would you say to other parents, grandparents and DIS community members to motivate them to give?

DIS promotes our community to the world and the wold to our community.  
Your children have to learn to think globally in order to make good use of the stream of information from the world over that floods their sensory input.  DIS does that. 
DIS is culturally and to some degree economically good for the community. It opens up the community to receive  people from other countries that come to live here and helps makes Dallas a suitable place for them. 
 
What changes/improvements/Impact have you seen as a direct result of your giving?

All things new and improved on both campuses are made possible by the generosity of donors.   I like the new soccer field and the interior renovations. I'm happy the upper campus is expanding facilities.  It is essential that parents give to the school to keep this good show going.