Joyful and self-proclaimed "Volunteer Extraordinaire" Cassandra McMillion has a long history of educating the public inside and outside our red doors. A former elementary school teacher, her love of people and sharing knowledge burst through in the various positions she has served - from gallery docent to stage announcer at the International Folk Festival. Here's more about one of our most beloved volunteers.
Title of Position - Volunteer Extraordinaire
How long have you been a volunteer? A long time….more than 15 years?
What is your favorite Arts Council event? I enjoy the evening volunteer appreciation parties and the International Folk Festival.
How would you describe what you do? I have volunteered during the International Folk Festival (latest position was stage announcer,) Dickens Holidays (with Father Christmas), ushered and served as hostess for Arts Council’s functions, and served as school exhibition docent. I have also served on the grants committee, as a hospitality server during Fourth Fridays. I am currently volunteering at the Museum of the Cape Fear as a docent for the Poe House in the name of the Arts Council.
Describe yourself in three words - Pleasant, People-person, Creative.
Favorite aspects of the job - I get to use my creative juices while meeting new and interesting people. I also like being a part of a great group of people to work with.
Where are you from? I was born in Alexandria, Virginia, lived in Norwalk, Connecticut.
One of your most rewarding moments while working with the Arts Council - My most rewarding positions was working with the children docenting for art shows and Stage announcing for IFF.
What work have you done previously that either ties in with this job or is a total deviation from that path? I am a retired educator. I worked for 30 years in the Cumberland County Schools. I’ve also owned a Wedding/ Event Planning business, Unity “Where 1+1+1=1” have coordinated many weddings and parties.
Favorite Artists - I have some of John Biggers artwork in my home.
Who inspires you? And why? I admire my friendships and former students… they complete me.
What are you passionate about? My highest passion is teaching. I will be a teacher forever…
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I would be a pink/green crayon.. my "sorority colors".
Funniest moment? My funniest moment is when my fourth-graders asked my age one year. I was trying to think of a younger age than I was… before I could answer, a little boy yelled out.. I know.. She’s real old! She taught Jesus!!! ( I had an Hispanic student, Jesus, the year before. His name was in the textbook he had used.)
Which historical figure would you most like to be? I would like to be the Virtuous Woman. I like what she stood for and how she carried herself with respect for self and others.
If you could be any animal, which would you be? I would be a soft cuddly cat resting all the time. I could do what I want when I want to do it.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? I went to Meredith College taking a workshop about Teaching to Students' Learning Styles with a group from my school. We had a ball! Why because we were the STARs of the workshop. They never knew what we were going to do next… We learned a lot and our school became a model school for Teaching to Learning Styles.
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now? I just completed organizing and carrying out the Black History Cultural Awareness activity for my church, Friendship Baptist. One Body…many members.
What’s your secret talent that no one knows about? My secret talent is writing. I like writing essays, poetry, and creative things in spare time.
What is “home” to you? Home is where my heart is… my home, neighborhood, city, state and country.
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