Volunteer Profile - Birdie Holley

  A "get 'er done" Trailblazer

We have many wonderful volunteers in SPS and Birdie Holley is one of them.

In fact, everyone who has worked with Birdie are amazed at her stick-to-it-tive-ness and ability to get things done.

While some may enjoy coming up with ideas and then not following-up, not Birdie. She runs with ideas and makes them happen. 

“Birdie is a dynamic force of generosity, not just for our students and faculty, but also for our greater school community,” said MS/HS Principal Mark Neidlinger. “Her unwavering commitment of time and talent is, quite simply, a gift to us all.”

Working alongside other parents to help students is a talent Birdie consistently shares.

“It’s pretty awesome what we are able to do for our students,” Birdie said. “We’re able to do a ton of amazing things. It’s neat to bring things to fruition activities, programs, and resources that were not there before.”

Birdie is currently president of the PTOs at both our Douglas Elementary School and MS/HS, two separate 501c3 nonprofits.

At Douglas Elementary,  she co-chairs the annual Walk-a-Thon, which was the brainchild of Dr. Laurie Birkholz.

The DES PTO has raised close to a half-million dollars in her seven years as president.

The annual budget of the Elementary PTO has gone from $5,000 to $75,000 under her leadership.

Birdie worked with Principal Neidlinger to start the MS/HS PTO about three years ago.

It launched its first-ever Serve-a-Thon this year on a suggestion from parent Kelly Roche. This project raised more than $20,000! (And thanks to Kelly, the MS/HS PTO has raised more than $32,000 in total!)

Our two PTOs are able to fund many activities including student dances, field trips, support for the 8th grade trip to DC, the purchase of school supplies, teacher appreciation meals, and support for a Spanish language program.

“We’re able to do a ton of amazing things because we have really awesome parents willing to head things up,” Birdie said. “It’s that simple. There is nothing I could do without other parents eagerly stepping up.”

Birdie has also hosted youth nights the last couple of years for the Saugatuck Varsity Soccer Teams.

She and her husband started a soccer group where kids ages 6-to-15 can play soccer with other students.

Besides her volunteer work, Birdie is the manager of Old Pike Cottages and Relax Rentals.

The Holleys have children in the 4th, 7th, and 9th grades.

Thank you, Birdie!

District policy requires all volunteers and visitors who have contact with students are required to return a profile and be criminal history checked annually.  If you plan to volunteer, or visit your child’s classroom or the lunchroom, please complete a volunteer profile form as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.  If you have questions, please e-mail ksharda@saugatuckps.com or call 269-857-1444.  Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe!

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