October 2018 Community Spirit

Beth Kivett

Kivett started volunteering at Alice Smith Elementary when her son began kindergarten in 2012. She has since been an integral part of many school initiatives. As a former grant writer, she helped secure the Jeffers Foundation grant for the vegetable garden and the Whole Kids Foundation funding to enhance the outdoor classroom. She also spends time helping with planning school events and updating the website.

“Alice Smith is the idyllic neighborhood school that is so hard to find these days,” Kivett said. “I am proud to send my kids there and enjoy being involved in a place they spend most of their day.”

Q: Your proudest moment volunteering?
Watching students harvest food in the new veggie garden. To see the smile on their faces as they discovered food among the vines and dirt was amazing.

Q: I volunteer because…
That is what my mom taught me. You find something you are passionate about and you give back. What better thing to be passionate about than your own kids!

Q: What person has influenced you the most?
My mom. She is the most generous, patient, and friendly person I have ever met. She can (and often does) start up a conversation with anyone.

Q: Podcasts or books on tape?
I am old school and prefer a paperback any day.