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Volunteer Honored For Parent Involvement

Linden Street School volunteer Marta Cruz was one of 11 individuals honored with a Parental Involvement Recognition Award by the State Education Resource Center (SERC) and Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center (CT PIRC) as part of the National Parent Involvement Day program celebrated on November 15. SERC and CT PIRC invited schools and organizations to nominate parents who have made a difference through volunteerism and engagement in school or the community.

Cruz was nominated by Linden Street School Principal Paula Eshoo and Plainville Family Resource Network Coordinator Donna Cavallaro. Cruz' son is in first grade at Linden as part of the Open Choice program. She served as a volunteer at Linden and also attended sessions sponsored by People Empowering People, doing a blog for parents and assisting at parent meetings and orientation. At Linden she continues to volunteer with the Plainville Family Resource Network assisting with events and interacting with children and parents. In addition, Cruz will have an active role in the upcoming Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parents SEE) program to be held at the Plainville Public Library beginning in January 2013. The free 12 week program provides strategies and tools to prepare parents, grandparents, and guardians to partner with schools to improve education for children.

"I am honored to have such an amazing parent so involved in our program. She began volunteering with us last February and did so morning and night. She really made a difference in our program, and was a true asset in serving as a translator for some of our non-English speaking families," said Cavallaro.

In Cruz' nomination, Linden Principal Paula Eshoo stated, "Mrs. Cruz is a role model for other parents to show being involved has benefits, individually, familially, and collectively!"

Cruz and fellow honorees received a certificate and a plaque at the November 15 awards ceremony that recognized them for making a difference as volunteers and advocates in schools and communities.

"It was a surprise to be recognized with this award. I feel honored and privileged," said Cruz.

-Posted on December 19, 2012 at 04:12 PM

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