Volunteer of the Month



Every month we choose a Volunteer of the Month based on volunteer hours logged (either at school, on field trips or at home), as well as willingness to help and dedication to the school! Although the Volunteer of the Month is recognized in both PTA and school newsletters, the best part is the awesome Parking Spot at the front of the school that can be yours for one month!


Karen Nalywajko has two children that attend Mary Bryant Elementary.  Adley is in the 5th grade and Bryce is in the 3rd grade.  Karen and her husband, Mark, moved into the area specifically for their children to attend Mary Bryant Elementary.  Both of their children have had great experiences at the school and Karen and Mark have enjoyed working with all of the teachers, staff and administration.

Karen has served on the PTA since her daughter, Adley, was in Kindergarten.  She is currently the Chair for Red Ribbon Week and has volunteered for other events that the PTA has put on for our students, such as the Fall Festival, Holiday Gift Shop, and others.  This year, Karen worked with Mrs. Oberschall to hold our annual Gallop to Greatness walk-a-thon.  She thanks the many people that helped her and says she could not have done it without them.  She loved seeing the kids smiling faces and watching them having such a good time at the event.

Karen says she has loved serving at our school even more as a stay at home mom these last two years.  Her husband is super supportive and is always willing to lend a hand at Mary Bryant as well.

Thank you, Karen for organizing such wonderful events and contributing to our school!!


Mary Bakanec has enjoyed volunteering at Bryant over the last 13 years in various areas, such as Fall Festival, Ready Reader, Boosterthon, Gingerbread gift shop, media center, lunchroom, classroom and
office helper.  Her oldest daughter started at Bryant in 2007 and her youngest daughter just graduated from Bryant last year. Bryant has been a huge part of their family and Mary says they have truly enjoyed
their time here.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, going to movies, and exploring local attractions.

Mary says she is looking forward to volunteering in the future at Bryant and continuing to see the success of our great neighborhood school!

Thank you, Mary, for all of your many contributions over the years!!