Volunteer Spotlight: Carroll Education Foundation's Sarah Mason
Apr 09, 2016 08:04AM
● By Kevin
Sarah Mason was honored for her dedication to the Carroll Education Foundation by Arts Council Northeast back in September 2015. Each year the Arts Council Northeast honors volunteers, Shining Stars, who have made a commitment to serve the community and to those less fortunate, according to MySouthlakeNews. We caught up with Mason to chat about her achievement and why she does what she does.
Southlake Style: You were named Volunteer of the Year by The Arts Council Northeast. Please talk about how that happened and the honor you felt by receiving the award.
Sarah Mason: I was so surprised and truly honored for the recognition when I heard that I had won this award. The Carroll Education Foundation is composed of all community and business volunteers, almost all of whom work full time but still give generously of their time. I feel that our success is due to the work of all of our volunteers, not just my time. I am humbled to represent the Carroll Education Foundation. The work that the foundation does to raise money that goes directly to our teachers and students
SS: Talk further about your involvement with the CEF. When/how did you first get involved? Why? What have you done for the organization during your time serving?
Mason: My husband Mark and I first became involved with CEF about 10 years ago as business sponsors for the Culinary Celebration to show our gratitude for our teachers. We decided to invite our children’s teachers as our guests with our complimentary tickets so that they could enjoy the chef tastings while seeing the work of our volunteers and the money raised from community members in support of them. I was approached 6 years ago to join the Board of Directors and have served on the Teacher Grant committee, the Student Scholarship committee, and the Culinary Celebration including co-chairing the event for the third consecutive year. My goal as a member of CEF is to increase awareness of the foundation in order to raise more money for Carroll ISD.
SS: What other volunteer efforts, if any, do you have a hand in? Tell more about each, please.
Mason: I have served on the Carroll ISD District Advisory Committee, Student Services Advisory Board, the Gifted Program Advisory Committee, District Superintendent Search committee, District Athletic Director Search committee, Senior High School Principal search committee, past president of the Southlake Association for Gifted and Talented (SAGT), and continue my membership in PTO, AP Boosters, and SAGT. I am finishing up my last year of membership in National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization where my daughter and I volunteer together.
SS: Tell us more about yourself: job, where you grew up, how you got to Southlake, what you like to do outside of volunteering.
Mason: I grew up and went to high school in Denton, Texas and moved back to Texas from California about 16 years ago. I am a retired dentist, former teacher and educational specialist, past adjunct professor, and certified Educational Diagnostician. I now work full time as the practice manager of Southlake Plastic Surgery for Dr. Mark Mason. We enjoy traveling, cooking, music festivals, and spending time with our children.
SS: What is your favorite thing about living in Southlake and why?
Mason: Southlake is a close-knit community whose residents care for each other and our children. We are grateful for the great public school system and all the opportunities that our children have had growing up in Southlake. I love how families who move in from all parts of the country are welcomed as new Texans! It is truly the people of Southlake that make it the amazing city it is today.
SS: Anything else you'd like to add?
Mason: I hope that I can continue to give back to the community that has given so much to me and my family. We moved to Southlake because of the public school system, and we want to be able to continue to support our hardworking teachers and administrators. My work on the Carroll Education Foundation is my way of ensuring that every teacher, student, and school has the opportunity to receive financial support for the coming years.
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