Maryland seeks parents who are superstar school volunteers
See if you know anybody who is as involved in public schools as:
*Kristen Ruiz, who served as president of three PTA organizations in Prince George’s County--at Bond Mill Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr., Middle and Laurel High Schools--at the same time because she had a child in each one. And she also found time to start a drama club at Bond Mill elementary school and an e-mail newsletter at Laurel.
*James Carroll , who helped 13 schools in Calvert County’s public system to increase their science, technology, engineering and math education through robotics.
*Ann English, a parent in Montgomery County who used her expertise in landscape architecture at Rockville High School to revitalize the greenhouse, create a horticulture program, install a rain garden and landscape the courtyard. All that, and she helped fund raising efforts and improve communication between student groups as president of the Booster Club.
*Wendy Panor, who couldn’t find a program in Queen Anne’s County schools for her son who suffered from apraxia, a speech disorder, so she found a successful model in another state and brought it to the school system for all children who needed it.
In fact, Panor was the 2009 winner of Maryland’s “Parent Involvement Matters Awards,” a collaboration between the Maryland State Department of Education and Comcast. Ruiz won a special award for her involvement, and the others were among the finalists.
Now the state’s education department is seeking nominations for the 2010 award, recognizing outstanding support for public education in the areas of communication, volunteering, learning, decision making and community collaboration. The winner wins $1,000 and the four finalists, $250.
About 100 parents were nominated for the 2009 award but relatively few came from the greater Washington region.
If you want to submit a name, you can obtain a nomination form at www.MarylandPublicSchools.org/pima. Nominations must be postmarked by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.
| December 8, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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