HAGERSTOWN - Without the money to attend college, Kristy Sollenberger wasn't able to fulfill her dreams of becoming a teacher after graduating from South Hagerstown High School in 1989.
But the Hagerstown resident is contributing to education in other ways.
She has volunteered at Bester Elementary School for seven years and last week accepted the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters award. One volunteer from each county was honored during the first statewide award program.
Sollenberger, 36, went to Annapolis to receive the award during a ceremony Thursday.
"I was just blown away," Sollenberger said. "I was like, 'Wow.' For me to be picked out of all schools, that's just amazing."
Sollenberger, who attended Bester Elementary in the late 1970s, began volunteering at the school when her oldest son, Matthew, began attending there. He now is a sixth-grader at E. Russell Hicks Middle School. Her youngest son, 5-year-old Nathan, is enrolled in Bester's prekindergarten program.