Cassandra Smith of Preston was recently chosen as the State’s 2012 Parent Involvement Matters Award semifinalist for Caroline County. Smith was selected, along with parents from Maryland’s 24 local school systems, to compete for this top statewide honor. The winner of the statewide award will be announced at the May 18 event at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore.
Smith, Senior Account Executive, is responsible for group and individual insurance sales at Avery Hall Benefit Solutions in Easton, MD. She comments, “I have always had the deep desire to help people in whatever way I can in my work life – solving claims issues, helping people find insurance policies they need, and explaining the complex world of insurance to customers.” She adds, “I have carried that philosophy over into parenthood. I have a deep desire for children to have the best possible chance in life to grow into positive, productive adults – education and school life are critical to a child’s future.”
Her activities have included being involved with PTA’s at her children’s schools for the past 10 years, serving as an officer and/or on various committees. Currently, Smith is serving as president for Colonel Richardson High School PTSA and she helps out with fundraisers and events for the Colonel Richardson High School Band Boosters and High School Soccer Boosters.
Smith just wanted to be involved and support her children; not realizing it would turn into improving things for others. She comments, “My vision for the role of parents and guardians is that they would reinforce the importance of education at home. It’s the little things that matter! Ask your child questions about what they are learning, help with homework, develop relationships with your child’s teacher, and support the school’s PTA.”
In photo: Pictured is Cassandra Smith of Preston, a semifinalist for the State’s 2012 Parent Involvement Matters Award for her volunteer work with Caroline County Public Schools.