Congratulations to Mel Spiker and Courtney Frank-Teitler, our 2020-21 Golden Acorn Award recipients!
In these past few years, Mel also took on the task to have Alki Elementary recognized as a School of Excellence, celebrating our collective school successes, and paving the way for even more accomplishments.
In her time as a parent volunteer at Alki Elementary, Mel has also served as PTA Board Secretary, Family & Community Engagement Chair and helped to set up, deliver, organize during so many PTA sponsored events! The list is incredibly long, and for this, our gratitude in never-ending – Thank you so much Mel for your time, hard work and support, and for being here for our kids so selflessly throughout the years!
Through your leadership and fundraising efforts, you have kept the Alki PTA afloat in hardship, and are a constant reminder that everything we do is for the kids, but also our entire West Seattle community (and beyond, supporting local and Pike Place Market businesses along the way!).
Running the Auction (when we had one!), gathering an incredible board as part of the Nomination Committee, sitting on the BLT, attending budget meetings, spending countless hours procuring fundraising partnerships and packages, helping with grants, Wellness Wednesdays, Family First Fridays, making the holidays extra special this year with the most thoughtful touches, putting together an incredible remote Alki-a-ton, prepping, delivering, wearing costumes (!), keeping a smile on everyone’s face, and keeping everyone motivated and accountable (that moral compass!).
Courtney is the most hard working, creative, loyal, and inspiring volunteer– thank you for everything you have done and the legacy you’re leaving. You and your family will be missed!
The PTA would also like to address very special thanks and acknowledge the dedication of the following Alki parents / volunteers:
Brooke Fitterer: Brooke has been involved in so many of Alki PTA’s most labor intensive endeavors in the last few years: most notably, she was the auction closing chair for FIVE auctions in a row, taking on this high stress, fast paced role and handling it with grace, and professionalism. She also brought her can-do, calming presence to the high-energy, controlled chaos of the PTA Musical, volunteering during rehearsals and working backstage on multiple productions. Brooke has also chaired and coached several years of the PTA Running Club, donated time and food to Staff Appreciation Weeks, Staff luncheons and Room Parent programs, and supported countless PTA events by lending a hand. This year again, she has found a way to support staff and students as she joined the 5th Grade Promotion committee and, along with her fellow committee members, has worked towards giving this years’ 5th graders a proper send off. Brooke is one of those golden volunteers that is always there and gets the job done and we are so very grateful!
Ali Pankop and Salleigh Knox