District Volunteers Honored By Connecticut Association Of Schools
Mr. Gerald "Jerry" Joseph and Sergeant Charles "Chic" Smedick were honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Volunteer Banquet at the Aqua Turf Club on March 13, 2012. CAS proudly celebrates this event annually to publicly acknowledge the work of parents and other volunteers for their contributions to schools across the state. Over 600 participants from 100 elementary, middle and high schools were treated to a four course meal and were entertained by pianist Kim Quinn from Rocky Hill.
Mr. Jerry Joseph has been a fixture at Plainville High School sporting events for more than a quarter of a century. He became a member of the Plainville Athletic Backers' Club when his son was in high school and remained a member of that organization for 25 years, serving as president for four of those years. In 2006, Jerry received the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame's Distinguished Service Award which was presented to him in recognition of his unselfish commitment to the support and advancement of Plainville athletics. For more than a decade, Jerry has volunteered as the public address announcer at most of the high school boys' and girls' basketball games, and baseball games. He has also been the announcer at the Eastern Regional Little League games in Bristol for ten years. Jerry is a lifetime member of the Plainville Little League Board of Directors.
Sergeant Smedick is a 30 year veteran of the Plainville Police Department. He has been an integral figure in the Plainville community for many years, and has gone above and beyond his duty as an officer to make a difference at Plainville High School. He developed the Pre-Prom Program "Triangle of Death" and presented it for the first time in 1986, and has been providing this program for 26 years. He joined the steering committee for Project Graduation, (an all-night post-graduation drug and alcohol-free party) in 1990 and chaired it for 10 years. He is still involved in this event, and continues to serve as the auctioneer throughout the night. For the last 15 years, Sergeant Smedick has collaborated with Plainville High School physical education and life skills teachers to develop and present an underage alcohol program for the life skills classes at the high school. The program touches on the law concerning underage drinking and drugs, Miranda Rights, and search and seizure as it would affect our youth. Mr. Smedick has also remained very involved with youth athletics throughout his tenure with the department.
Honorees were presented with certificates of appreciation and flowers to commemorate their service. Their names are also engraved on a plaque which will be displayed in the Plainville High School showcase. Judy Carson, Ph.D., Program Manager for Schools, Family, and Community Partnerships of the Connecticut Department of Education, was the keynote speaker. In her remarks Dr. Carson stated that "Action and words are windows through which the heart is seen." She went on to say that, "volunteering is a wish of the heart, and we see that wish materialize in actions and words." She thanked the volunteers for caring and taking action on the wishes in their hearts and making a difference in the lives of students in Connecticut schools.
Plainville High School Principal Steven LePage, who served on the planning committee for the recognition event noted, "Mr. Joseph and Sergeant Smedick have impacted the lives of thousands of present and past Plainville High School students, athletes and members of the community. It was a pleasure to see them acknowledged and recognized for their dedication to our students."
-Posted on April 4, 2012 at 09:10 AM
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