Forster's Holy Name Primary School has taken the opportunity to recognise the contribution of long-standing volunteer, Helen Webber, for the 2020 National Volunteer Week.
Lending a hand at the school since 2006, Ms Webber was inspired to volunteer when her oldest grandchild started kindergarten.
She said the role had given her the opportunity to help others while maintaining a close relationship with her grandchildren.
"I love being near my grandkids and helping the school," Ms Webber said.
"I've had five grandkids come through Holy Name School since 2005 and it's a chance to be involved in their lives."
Holy Name learning support and primary school coordinator, Simone Maloney, was full of praise for Ms Webber, describing her as a kind, patient and compassionate woman.
It was for these reasons she nominated her for the recognition.
"Helen knows all of our staff and even our own kids' names and takes the time to enquire about our well-being and that of our families," Ms Maloney said.
"She is never intrusive, but always happy to give us encouragement and congratulations for things that happen at school."
Ms Webber prepares and serves breakfast to Holy Name's early arrivers at the Mini Vinnies Breakfast Club.
She patiently teaches the student volunteers how to prepare the food and always stays back to assist with cleaning.
But this is just one area where she lends a hand.
She also assists in the canteen, at the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, at school fetes, and reads to kindergarten students.
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"Without question Helen is here to roll up her sleeves and give us a hand," Ms Maloney said.
"She is always kind and patient with the students and knows most of them by name. Helen always takes the time to talk with the kids about their interests and learning."
For Ms Webber, the rewards of the role outweigh any recognition.
"I do it because I enjoy it and it's important to give back in life," she said.
National Volunteer Week runs from Monday, May 18 to Sunday, May 24 and is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of Australia's volunteers.
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