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Thank You For Volunteering Your Time

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
-Elizabeth Andrew

As we approach the final 9 school days of the 2023-24 school year, I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize two vital parts of the AAS community, the PTO Board and the AAS Board of Directors. Both the PTO Board and the AAS Board of Directors are volunteers, they do not get any compensation for their service, and they do it simply because they care about the AAS students and community.

The AAS PTO includes all AAS parents, faculty, and staff. Yes, you are a member of the PTO. The PTO Board is a small group of parents who coordinate all PTO activities and events. They make the big events, like the upcoming International Fair, the Back To School Barbecue, and the Halloween Party happen. The PTO Board also provides classroom grants for field trips and special projects; they give gifts to the graduates, and the PTO President speaks at that graduation rehearsal; they provide the special shirts for leaving students; they facilitate Room Parents; and they do much more to support the students and the AAS community.

Thank you to everyone who volunteers in any way to support the PTO. And, a special thank you to our PTO President, Radostina Rashkova, and the PTO Board!

AAS is an independent school. Though it was founded by the U.S. and UK Embassies over 50 years ago, in 2004, AAS became independent of the Embassies. We are, however, very fortunate to have great support from both the U.S. and UK Embassies. Part of that support includes the structure of the Board of Directors. The AAS Board includes 9 members: 4 are appointed by the UK Ambassador; 4 are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador; and one is an AAS community member who is nominated and then approved by the other Board members.

The Board establishes policies, oversees the finances of the school, supports the Director and makes sure they are doing a good job, approves facilities projects, and more.

Most Board members have their positions for 2-5 years. It is a big commitment. I greatly appreciate the support of all Board members, and I’d like to recognize three of them who will leave the Board at the end of this school year.

Ollie Patten began on the Board in 2021, and has served as Board Co-Chair since that time. Stanimira Georgieva started on the Board in 2015, and she has served as Chair of the Finance Committee for many of those years (she also frequently provides gifts of fine chocolate, which are appreciated by everyone). Boni Bonev joined the Board in 2008, which is about the same time that our current 8th or 9th graders were born. Since that time, Boni has served in many roles, including adding the Vitosha Wing (MS/HS wing of the school) and the Rila Renaissance Centre.

Thank you AAS Board of Directors, with a special thanks to Ollie, Stanimira, and Boni for everything you have done to make AAS the wonderful school it is!

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
— Muhammad Ali

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