Verena Betancourt, Plainfield Elementary School; Maureen Clark, Plainfield Elementary School; Margaret Harrington, Forest Elementary School; Sharon Lynch, Board of Education; Kathy Matthews, Central Elementary School; Heather Sender, Orchard Place Elementary School; and Mary Jane Sullivan, Plainfield Elementary School were honored as Distinguished Volunteers by School District 62.
The districtwide Distinguished Volunteer Award program honors individuals who have consistently gone above and beyond on behalf of their schools, and whose efforts have enhanced education and conveyed its importance to the community at large. Distinguished Volunteer Award winners are community relation ambassadors who make a positive impact on education. District 62 also presented Students Succeed Partnership Certificates to the city of Des Plaines, Des Plaines Police Department, Des Plaines History Center, Des Plaines Public Library, EcoLab, Hands-On Suburban Chicago, Lattof YMCA, and Two Men and a Truck for supporting District 62 schools with volunteer and financial resources for short- and long-term academic projects and programs.
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The awards reception was held at Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines. Distinguished Volunteer Awards and Students Succeed Certificates were presented by Dr. Jane Westerhold, superintendent of schools; Mindy Ward, director of community relations served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.
At the awards reception, District 62 recognized Distinguished Volunteer Award winner Maureen Clark as the 2012 Community Relations Ambassador of the Year. Established in 2008, the Community Relations Ambassador of the Year is one of the highest and most prestigious honors presented by District 62. Its purpose is to recognize a volunteer that exemplifies best practices in volunteer service and deserves recognition for supporting District 62 students.
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