On Friday, the Broward County Schools North Area Advisory awarded a hardworking Tamarac volunteer with their most prestigious award.
Angela Hall, a 15 year resident of Tamarac won the Crystal Apple Award for the “Community Member of the Year” for the tireless involvement she has given to her local school.
While other families are leaving public schools for charter schools, Hall says she wouldn’t send her children anywhere else. “I believe in the public schools,” said Hall, who lives in the Village at Woodland Lake with her husband Scott and their three children. Years ago, she enrolled her son at Pinewood Elementary School, which helped him when a private school couldn’t.
“The resources they had at Pinewood gave him the extra help with his reading, comprehension and math, and they never labeled him. His confidence shot through the roof,” she said.
Hall has been a member and officer of the PTA of Pinewood Elementary School for the past nine years, additionally she has been a driving force on the School Advisory Council.
Principal Karla Gary Orange at Pinewood Elementary School felt that Hall was the best pick for the award.
“Angela is one of the most committed and dedicated parents I’ve worked with in many years, and I’ve worked with many outstanding parents,” said Orange. “Unfortunately, Angela’s father passed away this year so it’s been a rough year, but she never missed a beat. She’s just a gem, she’s certainly a shining star.”
Because it is hard to find volunteers at Pinewood, many of the tasks that Hall performs around the school are immeasurable to teachers and staff. “With the economy the way it is, both parents have to work just to survive. I consider myself lucky to be able to stay home and raise my family and volunteer wherever needed.”
Hall helps run the holiday store, helps with the chorus and drama productions, works at the book fair, fundraising, field day, class trips, helps out in the front office, works in the cafeteria, works as a runner gathering items at the store for functions, volunteers for swimming classes works at the PTA or just grading papers.
Hall says she will never turn down anyone needing her help.
Angela’s husband Scott told her, “You give so much of yourself and you never complain.”
Hall finds the time to do all of this while her husband works full-time as a UPS driver. She’s a busy mom where she’s shuffling her three children Zachary, Jarrett and Christina around to team travel sports in Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Tamarac.
With this busy mom, if it takes a village to raise a child, Pinewood Elementary would be that village, and Angela Hall would be their mayor.