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District Hosts Annual Volunteer Recognition Program

Plainville Community School's annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Awards Program was held on April 22, at Plainville High School. This year's theme was "Hollywood: Volunteers - Our Shining Stars." More than 100 school volunteers, Board members, administrators and staff were present to enjoy an evening of food, friends, and recognition. The event provided an opportunity to thank Plainville's school volunteers for their time and commitment that they make to students across the district. Volunteers share their time and talent in many capacities including mentoring, tutoring, serving as classroom helpers and reading partners, in parent-teacher organizations, Athletic Backers, and more.

The program featured guest speakers including Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Kitching and Plainville Board of Education member and volunteer mentor, Foster White. Volunteers enjoyed a number of door prizes donated from area businesses.

Volunteer award winners were also recognized during the program. The 2013-2014 Mentor of the Year recipient was Rob Cayer. Cayer was nominated by Middle School of Plainville Office Professional Dana Ross who noted in the nomination, "Regardless of the many snow storms, and school schedule changes, Rob never missed a weekly visit with his mentee." Rob's family, wife Cheryl Provost and her son, Austin Provost, along with his mentee, were there to enjoy the award and recognition during the program.

Tom Arcari, a volunteer in Plainville schools for 25 years was the recipient of the 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year Award. Tom has served as both the Plainville High School's football statistician for 25 years and as a high school math tutor. Plainville High School faculty member and football coach, Chris Farrell spoke about Arcari's dedication to the team and his appreciation for all that he has done for Plainville students. Maria Colangelo, an Italian teacher in the Language Department at the high school, nominated Arcari for the award. She presented the award and spoke about Tom's humble, humorous style in volunteering. Arcari is a retired engineer with a strong love of football. His six children all attended Plainville schools. He was joined by his wife, Margaret, children and grandchildren at the recognition program.

At the close of the program Volunteer Coordinator Sue Bradley presented volunteers with pins for years of service. Multiple volunteers were recognized for their 5, 10, and 15 years of service. Two volunteers were recognized for over 20 years and two for 25 years of volunteering in the Plainville school district.

"Our volunteers bring so much to our schools and students. They brighten the day of the students they work with, share guidance and support, and provide a tremendous example for all students of what giving back to the community is all about," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Kitching.

-Posted on May 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

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