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Volunteering kept Clarkston mom connected with kids



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May 04, 2011 - BY ELISE SHIRE

Special to the Clarkston News

Children of all ages spent Mother's Day, Sunday, honoring their moms for their work as cook, nurse, psychologist, accountant, chauffeur, and adoring fan.

Kathy Tibitoski of Independence Township was no exception.

Tibitoski, 53, is a mother of three: Steven, 24, Ashley, 22, and Bryan, 19. Throughout the years, while raising her children, Tibitoski has been an active mom in the Clarkston community.

"Just take it one day at a time and just get involved when they're young," she advised other active moms with a smile.

Her involvement began when the family arrived in Clarkston in 1990. She served as PTO president at North Sashabaw Elementary for three years.

She also served as PTA vice-president at Clarkston Junior High School and president of the Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association - Marching Band for five years.

"It helps me stay involved in my kids' lives," she said.

She received a "Volunteer of the Year" award from North Sashabaw as well as a national award for volunteerism from Girl Scouts USA.

Time management's a challenge, but it's worth it, she said.

"The most rewarding part was knowing their friends and who they interact with on a daily basis," she said.

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