District Hosts Annual Volunteer Recognition Program
Plainville Community School's annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Awards Program was held on May 6, at Plainville High School. This year's theme was "Mardi Gras: Let the Good Times Roll with Volunteers." More than 100 school volunteers, Board of Education 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 Louis Toffolon Elementary School Principal, Lynn Logoyke, volunteers from the various district volunteer programs, and Plainville Board of Education member Barbara Willard â€" a 30 year school district volunteer. Volunteers enjoyed a number of door prizes donated from area businesses.
Volunteer award winners were also recognized during the program. The 2014-2015 Mentor of the Year recipient was Dr. Maureen Brummett. Dr. Brummett was nominated by Tina Gryguc who noted in the nomination, "Having a mentor like Maureen, who is extremely supportive of the volunteer program in our district, and whose attitude brings out the best in all students, can only help to improve her mentees' chance for success in school and in their social and academic futures."
Christine Kuzia, a volunteer in Plainville schools for 13 years was the recipient of the 2014-2015 Volunteer of the Year Award. Christine is the mother of three Plainville High School graduates and even though they are all out of school, she continues to help on the Parent Advisory Board, choreographing dances, and with the Mr. PHS event. At Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School, she volunteered in the library and Music Department. Plainville High School faculty member Maria Colangelo, who nominated Kuzia shares, "Chris is a volunteer that gives her time, heart and soul simply because it is the right thing to do. She's talented, selfless and kind."
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. Four volunteers were recognized for over 20 years in the Plainville school district.
"We are so fortunate to have the support and commitment of our volunteers. They make many programs, events and activities possible for our students. Most importantly, the example they set by giving back to the community is an invaluable lesson for our students," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeffrey Kitching.
-Posted on June 4, 2015 at 11:15 AM
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