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Plainville Community Schools Announces Volunteer Award Winners

Plainville Community Schools volunteers Bill Calder and Sandy Kufta have been selected as this year’s school district volunteer award winners and will be honored at the annual Plainville Community Schools Volunteer Recognition and Awards Program to be held at the GE Café in Plainville on June 10.

The 2007-2008 Dick Ronalter Mentor of the Year Award will be presented to Bill Calder. This award is given to a volunteer mentor who has gone the extra mile in his or her role as an adult friend to a Plainville Community Schools student. Bill, a Plainville resident and engineer at GE, joined the Volunteer Program in 1998 as a mentor and tutor to a third grade student. In the ensuing years, Bill has provided academic support as well as consistent friendship and constant encouragement to this student, who is now a senior at Plainville High School. Bill has used his background as an electrical engineer to develop this student’s knowledge and curiosity about computer networking.

Staff and teachers remark that Bill is unfailingly faithful in his weekly meetings with this student. The Plainville High School graduation ceremony next month is eagerly anticipated by both Bill and the student who stated, "If it were not for Bill, I would not be where I am today, about to graduate high school and enter college."

The 2007-2008 Plainville Community Schools Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to Sandy Kufta for her outstanding record of service to the Plainville Community Schools. Sandy, a retired teacher from Toffolon School, expressed a desire to continue working with students when she ended her career. For the past nine years, she has more than fulfilled her wish by volunteering countless hours as a tutor to numerous students and helper in several classrooms. She currently spends a full day each week at Toffolon School, where she assists in four classrooms.

Teachers and students alike look forward to Sandy’s visits. She assesses the needs of the children and teacher and brings ideas and materials to support what is happening in the classroom. Students delight in the stories, photographs, and other treasures she shares to facilitate the learning process. One Toffolon School teacher summarizes Sandy’s contribution with these words, "In her quiet way, Sandy brings life and excitement to each room she visits."

"Volunteers play such a vital role in the Plainville Community Schools. They can and do assist and motivate staff to go above and beyond meeting the needs of Plainville students. Our community is very fortunate to have such devoted individuals," commented Plainville Board of Education Chairperson Becky Tyrrell.

"Plainville Community Schools values the many volunteers who contribute their time and talent to our students. Bill Calder and Sandy Kufta exemplify the dedication and selflessness of all of our volunteers. I extend my sincere congratulations and thanks to Bill and Sandy," said Dr. Kathleen Binkowski, Superintendent of Schools.

-Posted on May 19, 2008 at 01:56 PM

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