iHeart Radio School Volunteer Coordinator of the Year

  • Charrie Gordon, of Northmore Elementary, is iHeart Radio's School Volunteer of the Year. 

    This outstanding volunteer coordinator has worked at her elementary school for the past six years as their Community Resource Person. In addition to that role, she wears many different hats, including Parent Liaison, Volunteer Coordinator, Business Partner Coordinator, and Five Star Coordinator.  

    She supports students, staff and families with events and programs such as Blessings in a Backpack, Dads Take Your Child to School Day, Daddy Daughter Dance, Teacher Appreciation Week, Bus Driver Love the Bus Week, Shop with a Cop Program, BRIDGES, Custodial Appreciation Week, Trunk or Treat, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Turkey Drive, Winter Wonderland Concert, Foster Grandparent Program, Let’s Read Program, Movie Night Literacy Week, Jump Start Read for the Record, Parent Training, Curriculum Events, School Advisory Council, Parent Teacher Association, Kindergarten Round-Up, Fresh Fruit and Veggies Program, and Food for our Kids.  

    As if that isn’t enough, this extraordinary individual enjoys working with the students during their Summer Camp Program. She loves assisting them with academics, arts and crafts, as well as providing supervision on their fun and educational field trips. She introduces students to a fun aspect of the creative process, which involves using recycled materials in craft projects, such as making robots from cardboard boxes, making sensory bottles, monogramming initials using crayons, and much more.  

    Her principal, Vondra Daniels, states that "this coordinator has so much character and is a tremendous benefit to the teachers, students, parents, and the community." The principal also states that her coordinator’s "dedication, positive attitude, and caring demeanor causes students and parents to gravitate to her because she works to know and understand everyone on a personal level, allowing her to perform her duties exceptionally well."  

    She also states that one of her coordinator’s greatest strengths is her ability to help her school meet their yearly goals. She recruits an army of volunteers who show up on a daily basis to accomplish a number of tasks. In addition, she has made it a priority to create relationships with members of the community to help her campus.  

    She has developed a relationship with members of the City of West Palm Beach Police Department who have donated their time to special events to help promote positive interactions between the police department and the school’s families. 

    The staff is very proud of her dedication and unwavering commitment. Her level of devotion and experience has supported the school’s philosophy to promote the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth of their youth.  

    Her assistant principal, Corey Freiss, adds that she works diligently to recruit and train volunteers that would help their school. She is able to ensure that their community events are fully staffed by having members of her volunteer team show up and provide support. Thanks to her strong relationships with the school’s business partners, she has received donations to the school that meets the diverse needs of the families. This includes food, clothing, and educational resources that the students can use at home. Her assistant principal also states that "it is because of her strong work ethic and love for the community that our families have developed a stronger relationship with the school."

    Stacey Oak, District Volunteer Coordinator, states, "On a personal note, from the moment I met her, I knew Charrie Gordon was an exceptional individual."

    Charrie, congratulations on being Palm Beach County School District’s Volunteer Coordinator of the Year!