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District Hosts Annual Volunteer Recognition Program

Plainville Community Schools' annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Awards Program was held on May 17th, at Plainville High School. This year's theme was "Spring and Simplicity." 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, as athletic backers, and more.

The program featured guest speakers including Superintendent Dr. Maureen Brummett, Plainville Board of Education Member Crystal St. Lawrence and volunteers from the various district volunteer program components. In addition, State Representative Elizabeth Boukus presented citations to John Legato on behalf of General Electric for recognizing the 25th anniversary of GE's involvement with the Mentoring Program, and Linel Noble on behalf of Webster Bank for 14 years partnering in the Mentor Program. Volunteers also enjoyed a number of door prizes donated from area businesses which were raffled off throughout the evening.

Volunteer award winners were also recognized during the program. The 2015-2016 Mentor of the Year recipient was Rosemary Babin, who mentors a student at Linden Street School. Babin was nominated by Pam Pires, Shannon Bakaysa, Sheri Boudewyns, and Sue McGough who noted in the nomination, "Rosemary is truly an example of an outstanding mentor. We are lucky to have such a genuine person who is willing to give of her time and herself to a little boy who treasures their time together. She is enriching his life as he is enriching hers. Isn’t that what mentoring is all about?"

Tina Autunno, a volunteer in Plainville schools for 13 years, was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. Plainville High School faculty member Maria Colangelo, who nominated Autunno shares, "Although Tina’s list of volunteer experiences is impressive, perhaps Tina's greatest accomplishment is her impact on our young people. Tina is truly an important part of the village that raises our Plainville young men and women."
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.

"I thoroughly enjoy honoring the many people who volunteer their time in our fortunate school district. They serve such a valuable role and their impact is immense," said Superintendent Brummett.

-Posted on June 1, 2016 at 11:53 AM


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