Jennie Rogers Elementary PTO President Receives School Bell Award
Jennie Rogers Elementary PTO President Receives School Bell Award
Posted on 02/05/2018
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Kim Kernen really didn't need an award. The longtime Jennie Rogers Elementary volunteer and registered nurse said she's happy just to be a role model for her three kids and an advocate in the school system.

Kernen was given the School Bell award for her involvement with the Jennie Rogers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) from the Danville-Boyle Chamber of Commerce on Friday, February 2.

“It’s not about being recognized,” said Kernen. “My motto has always been keep under the radar and don’t let them know your name.”

The mother of three became officially involved with PTO about seven years ago but it has always been a part of her life. Some would even call it the beginning of a family tradition.

“As a child my mom was always the PTO President at our school,” said Kernen. “As a younger sibling I was always drug to all the PTO meetings.”

Three years ago Kim stepped in her mom’s shoes to serve as president of the Jennie Rogers Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. Once her nursing shift ends Kernen heads home to clock in for her PTO duties. Evenings are spent counting box tops, sewing chair pockets, cutting out counters, or even making sweet treats for the Jennie Rogers staff.

“Her work to recruit and organize other adults makes a tremendous impact on the culture at Jennie Rogers Elementary,” said Principal Kelly. “Kim has spent countless hours organizing initiatives for our students.”

Many former Jennie Rogers students fondly remember 50s Day and the Luau Party as their favorite cougar traditions. Kernen and her fellow PTO members organize the poodle skirt clinic to help students design skirts. These are just events sponsored by PTO.

“The three other officers that I work with are very supportive,” said Kernen. “They’re always stepping in to help take care of projects.”

Next year, Kernen’s daughters Madelyn and Kendall will be students at Edna L. Toliver Intermediate School. She looks forward to staying involved with PTO.