Why did we select Miranda Terry as this year’s winner of the Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Volunteer Award?
As a volunteer and PTO leader in the Brookline School District (SAU41), Miranda tirelessly works to promote family engagement and partnership programs between all parents and staff. She also volunteers her time and expertise as an early childhood educator, where she works directly with parents and teachers to organize myriad family engagement activities and fundraising events structured to support family events that promote the social and emotional well-being of Brookline’s children and their parents.
Throughout the academic year, she can be found in Brookline schools working directly with the kids as a substitute teacher, librarian, and office administrator. Miranda also organizes parent volunteers to oversee a variety of projects which include, but are not limited to, making repairs to playgrounds, spring egg hunts, movie nights, book fairs, and ski club outings. Any activity that benefits children and their families, Miranda can be found at its nexus!
Whatever needs to be done to strengthen Brookline families and cement lasting community connections, Miranda wants to be a part of!
Earlier this year, when the home of two Brookline students was destroyed by a fire, Miranda organized donations of clothing, food, toys, household items, and money to support the family. She also leveraged her role as PTO co-president and supported a fundraiser that raised over $50K, with all proceeds going directly to the family to help them navigate all the challenges associated with their experience.
Miranda was selected for this honor because she embodies the same attributes as Lucy Fowlkes Breed, who was known for her incredible empathy for others and her ability to meet individuals “where they are at” without regard for their circumstances.
Lucy Fowlkes Breed, who the award is named for, served as a founding trustee on the Board of the New Hampshire Children’s Trust for 14 years, eight of which were as board chairwoman. Upon her retirement the Trust established the Lucy Fowlkes Breed Legacy Fund and established this award in her honor.
Throughout her life, Lucy was a long-time volunteer who created the New Parents Support Group at the Children’s Place and Education Center in Concord, where she dedicated over 25 years of her life and served as its facilitator.
Miranda Terry is a wonderful choice as our 11th Annual Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Award winner.
Congratulations, Miranda, for your commitment to strengthening New Hampshire families and forging important community connections!