District Hosts Annual Volunteer Recognition Program
Plainville Community Schools' annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Awards Program was held on May 2nd, at Plainville High School. This year's theme was "An Evening In Italy." 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 and Plainville Board of Education Member Foster White. PHS Italian teacher Maria Colangelo "emceed" the event sharing Italian facts and trivia throughout the night. Guests were entertained by Marcello Sparagna who provided Italian themed music and volunteers enjoyed a number of door prizes donated from area businesses which were raffled off throughout the evening. In addition student volunteers from the high school were on hand to teach those in attendance how to play the Italian game Scopa.
Volunteer award winners were also recognized during the program. The 2016-2017 Mentor of the Year recipient was Ann Bucchi, who mentors a student at Louis Toffolon Elementary School. Bucchi, a mentor of five years, was nominated by Chiara Ramos who noted in the nomination, "She goes above and beyond, sharing kindness and patience with her mentee. She is consistent each week and loves hanging out with her mentee/friend. We are very fortunate to know Ann, and have her as a mentor in our district."
Kristen Costantini, a volunteer in Plainville schools for 18 years, was the recipient of the 2016-2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. Plainville High School faculty member Jeri Lynn Turkowitz, who nominated Costantini shares, "It's not unusual to bump into Kristen in the main office, or in town working different events. She always has a smile on her face and running off to her next task. She is always on the go…we are very fortunate to have Kristen as a volunteer in our district sharing her time and talents with our students!" At the close of the program, Volunteer Coordinator Sue Bradley presented volunteers with pins for years of service. Multiple volunteers were recognized for their 1, 5, 10, 15, and 20+ years of service.
"I have known Ann Bucchi and Kristen Costantini for years and they are most deserving recipients of their respective awards. Plainville Community Schools is fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers and mentors who support students, teachers, and learning," said Superintendent Brummett.
-Posted on May 16, 2017 at 11:59 AM
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