Communities In Schools Spotlights Unsung Heroes
Communities In Schools is proud to announce the six winners of the 2011 Unsung Heroes award.
October 18, 2011
Contact: Mike Bento
Arlington, Va. - Communities In Schools, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, is proud to announce the six winners of the 2011 Unsung Heroes award. The award, first presented in 2007, recognizes members of the Communities In Schools national network who embody the core values of the organization and exemplify the commitment of Communities In Schools to surround students with a community of support.
The six Unsung Heroes are:
Amanda Fox, Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area, S.C., about whom a student’s parent said, “She is someone who people of all ages can relate to. She is wonderful and a delight to see every day.”
Shayla Jones, Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Ga., about whom a student said, “Your open door policy and your readiness to talk to me through the rough times have personally meant the most to me.”
Xaila Lewis, Communities In Schools of Seattle, Wash., about whom a colleague said, “She is well-respected by everyone, whether it be a teacher who struggles with a troubled student, a principal who wants specific services for a group of students or a community partner who needs assistance working well within the school.”
Donna Miranda-Urzua, Communities In Schools of Southeast Harris County, Texas, about whom her assistant principal said, “This extraordinary lady runs the gamut to ensure our students have an equal opportunity to complete school and become productive citizens.”
Virginia Pollock, Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County, Kan., described by a colleague as someone who is “noted for her positive attitude and willingness to jump in and get the job done.”
Rebecca Stahl, Communities In Schools of Wilmington, Del., about whom her colleague said, “Her enthusiasm and support of the students, staff and families in her placement area is a testament to her willingness to help others and find solutions to complex social problems.”
The six Unsung Heroes will be honored at a ceremony in Arlington, Va. today. They will also visit Capitol Hill to brief lawmakers on the impact site coordinators have on the students they serve.
This year, four honorable mentions were also selected. Those honorees are:
Marty Dreher, Communities In Schools of Tacoma, Wash.
Hillary Gramm, Communities In Schools of Bay Area, Texas
Janice Sargent, Communities In Schools of Greenville, S.C.
Peter Sun, Communities In Schools of Puyallup, Wash.
“Site coordinators are the centerpiece of the Communities In Schools model, and these Unsung Heroes represent the 4,600 full-time staff and 53,000 volunteers who work tirelessly each day to ensure the 1.3 million students they serve have the resources and support to be successful, in school and in life,” said Daniel Cardinali, President of Communities In Schools.
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