Friday, October 19, 2018

Cinco Parents: Never forget we need you.

"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless."-Sherry Anderson

Giving back at CRHS as a volunteer makes me a “Granny” to many.

My name is Angell Brown-Fontenot, and Katy has been my home since 1993. I have been called “Granny” for almost 16 years by many. I have 3 biological granddaughters 16, 8 and 2 years.   My volunteer work in the district has spanned many years and many schools. I started as a Williams Wrangler, then a Beck Bulldog and now as a Cougar and the VIPS coordinator at Cinco Ranch High School.

People who know me are aware how grateful I am to always help -  especially when it supports our kids. Here at CRHS we are a very large and growing family community. The connections we make as volunteers with other volunteers and with the education team at CRHS expand the safety net of caring adults who will watch over all my children because they know my kids and they know me.

This granny wears many hats…I’m uber Granny, Dr Granny and volunteering Granny just to name a few. I listen, I help, I hug and support whenever is needed. I've never had to perform surgery but I do carry a Mary Poppins bag filled with anything that someone might need. Need a icepack…. I have it. Just snap to activate. I could totally win on “Let Make A Deal”. I get the benefit of caring for many more “grandchildren” without having to worry about paying for their college.

I know, I know, volunteerism requires time. Between working, caring for kids, managing a home and various after school activities, we are all exhausted enough. Add in social commitments, family time and time to watch a little Netflix, and we have precious little to spare. I wish there were more hours in the day. After all, we are always busy, tired and surely someone else can do it. But there are small opportunities we have before us that make an impact on our children before they are off to college and adulthood. And one never knows how much your attention is felt by other children, not just your own. Our kids may tell us to stay away, but they really love when they can catch a glimpse of us volunteering. It's a point of pride for our children to know that we are invested in their academic success and have a desire to be of help at their school.

Just recently, a dad asked if there was anything he could do to help me with volunteering. I suggested he schedule a long lunch break from work one day to come help with our Wednesday pizza sales. This is an opportunity to see your child in their school environment, hanging out with their friends. This dad's daughter was so excited that he was there and made all her friends come by to see him. The smile on both of their faces warmed my heart. He called me after and expressed the gratitude and joy he felt. “I feel like a Rock Star."  

Your kids really are excited to see you involved at any level and it brightens their day. Parent volunteer involvement affords us the opportunity to learn about others, support the growth and development of our school and enrich the lives of our kids. I see it as extra bonding time, and we have the opportunity to get it while we can. Because tomorrow? They're off on their own, living their lives. And don't you want to see them build upon the legacy of community citizenship we began for them?

I'll see you on campus!

Angell “Granny” Brown-Fontenot


  1. Granny you are doing an awesome job not just for your grand kids but other kids in the community. WE NEED MORE families to volunteer to show not just support for our own kids but other kids who parents are unable. Volunteer support is vital. It take a heavy load off teachers and front office. It definitely support the growth and development of the school and the kids. So parents get involved, volunteer and have a great school year!!!!

  2. If this doesn't make you want to volunteer, I don't know what will! I've fallen into the "I don't have time, I have too much going on" trap. But I can personally attest to the large impact a small amount of time has on our kids. Thanks, Granny, for inspiring us to make time! You truly are a Granny to all!

  3. Well said Granny! Thank you for your inspiring! Our motto at home is "Find time" instead of saying "I don't have time". I hope to see you one day at school.

  4. Thanks for all of your help Granny! And I agree 100%, my kids have always loved it whenever I had a chance to volunteer! But most of all, it helps me learn what’s going on in their lives and meet other parents.

  5. Granny you are amazing, not only are you there for all of our children, you leaned a hand and give out hugs to adults when we need them. Your words of encouragement mean to world to me.

  6. Angell, thank you for taking the time to write about the importance of volunteering in such a sweet and direct manner! All of us that have the pleasure of knowing you, know your heart is huge and grows bigger each year! Thank you for caring for our kiddos and the many others you touch. Friends, VOLUNTEER! Just because your children are in high school doesn't mean they dont need you. In fact, they need you more (than you'll ever know).