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Plainville Community Schools Announces 2010-11 Volunteer Award Winners

Plainville Community Schools' volunteers Mark Beiber and Sue LaCombe have been selected as this year's school district volunteer award winners and were honored at the annual volunteer recognition program held at Plainville High School on June 6.

The 2010-11 Dick Ronalter Mentor of the Year Award was presented to Mark Beiber. 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 student. Mark joined the Plainville Community Schools Volunteer Program as a mentor in 2006. He also won this honor in 2009 and continues to share his time and energy with the Linden school community as a trusted adult role model. Over the past two years, Mark has consistently met with his mentee at Linden to offer support and encouragement. Mark shares his interest in Science with his mentee by planning fun, educational, diverse activities that they can do together. Linden staff members note that Mark is an enthusiastic and consistent mentor with a perfect blend of wisdom, nurturing and respect for his mentee. One Linden staff member shared, "Mark embodies what it means to be a mentor, not just for a child but for all of us who work with children."

The 2010-11 Plainville Community Schools Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Sue LaCombe. A Toffolon staff member shares,"Sue exemplifies the spirit of altruism and generosity." She has served as the Toffolon School PTO President since 2006 and prior to that, served as the Vice President on the committee. Sue has successfully organized many fundraisers including the Fall Festival, Sweetheart Bingo, K-2 Fun Night, Prime-Time Math, the Holiday Extravaganza and many more. She cooks every year for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon and spends endless hours coordinating functions. Sue makes it easy for new parents to participate in school functions and activities, because they are assured of her support and availability. She also makes a difference in the lives of the staff at Toffolon through her constant care and concern. Sue volunteers in many ways outside of the school as well. She has hosted students from Germany in her home, she is active in her church and scouts, and helps with the GE Road Race benefiting The Petit Family Foundation.

"Congratulations to our volunteers who have touched the lives of our students in very positive ways," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen Binkowski.

-Posted on June 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM

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