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Volunteer Award Winner:
Carol Quaglia

ATS - November 2008

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is pleased to recognize Carol Quaglia as its Art to the Schools 2008 Volunteer of the Year. Art to the Schools (ATS) docents take slide images of the museum collection to the classrooms of 3rd through 6th graders in Metropolitan Detroit. ATS classroom visits are designed to enrich the Michigan core curriculum and enhance student critical thinking skills.

Quaglia has been a volunteer at the DIA for 12 years. She has held many ATS leadership positions, including treasurer, recording secretary, class trip coordinator, and nominating chairperson. As a member of the Volunteer Council (VC) Board of Directors Quaglia served as both staff coffee and enrichment chairperson. She has helped with Noel Night and Festival of the Arts. She has also been an “Ask Me” docent for special exhibitions. She recently added student museum tours to her activities.

Quaglia, a native Detroiter, does not hesitate to lend a hand to help others. She took quick action after learning from a teacher that winter home fires frequently left students in need of warm clothing. Quaglia organized a special project to collect and distribute winter coats, hats, scarves and, mittens to children in two public schools in Detroit.

In addition to her activities with the DIA, Quaglia has a long history of volunteering. Through the years she has coached sports teams, mentored troubled teens at Crossroads in Oxford, and volunteered with Leader Dogs for the Blind. “Volunteering has been an important part of my life, especially after the loss of my husband, Wayne Quaglia, seven years ago.”

Before her retirement, Quaglia worked as a medical assistant for 27years. When she is not volunteering, the Auburn Hills resident enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her three grandchildren.

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