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Distinguished Volunteer Business Partners Award

District 62 Distinguished Volunteer and Students Succeed Awards
Winners 2007 – 2015 | A-z | By Year

Do you have noteworthy volunteers and business partners who support student learning, spread the good word about your school, and through their actions enhance the image of education and reputation of your school? Please nominate them.

Distinguished Volunteer and Corporate Partners
| 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 |

For more information, please contact Jennifer Tempest Bova, Director of Community Relations, (847) 824-8070.

District 62 Honors Volunteers and Corporate/Community Partners

Thursday, May 8, Robert Bachar, Iroquois Community School; Sally Fortier, South Elementary School; Iris Hernandez, Plainfield Elementary School; Sue Linse, Chippewa Middle School; Ray Oschger, Plainfield Elementary School; Vanessa Ramirez, Terrace Elementary School; Dagmar Rutzen, Central Elementary School; and Robin Villanueva, Orchard Place Elementary School received Distinguished Volunteer Awards during the Volunteers are Essential Pieces of the Puzzle Reception hosted by School District 62.

The Distinguished Volunteer Award program honors individuals who consistently go above and beyond on behalf of the school district, and whose efforts enhance education and convey its importance to the community at large. Distinguished Volunteer Award winners are community relation ambassadors who make a positive impact on education.

District 62 presented Students Succeed Partnership Certificates to new partners, Advocate Children’s Hospital-Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, American Veterinary Medical Association, AT&T Pioneers, Big Brother Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Joe Caputo & Sons, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Children’s Choir, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd., Cole Taylor Bank, Colliers International, General Electric Company, Girls on the Run, ITxM, Kan-Win, Matt’s Estate Sales & Home Services, MB Financial Bank, Robert Neil, The McShane Companies, No Boundaries, Philips Lighting, Rosemont Chamber of Commerce, Starbucks #13440, St. Stephen Peace and Justice Committee, TransNational Bankcard, Transportation Security Administration at O’Hare International Airport, US Foods, and Yearwood and Associates, Ltd. Community and corporate partners provide volunteer and financial resources for short and long-term academic projects and programs.

Joe Caputo & Sons, Junior Achievement of Chicago, and the St. Stephen Justice and Peace Committee received 2014 Students Succeed Community Partner Awards.

The awards reception was held at Orchard Place Elementary School in Des Plaines. Brenda Murphy, Board of Education President, and Dr. Jane Westerhold, Superintendent of Schools presented certificates and awards to the honorees. Ella Kurutz, Maren Garnett, Blake Snyder, Tatsu Cornegan, Sergio Lozano, Matthew and Michael Montanile provided reception music under the direction of Scott Duff, Chippewa Middle School. The program featured a performance of the South School Singers that was directed by Joan Abrams, South Elementary School.

The 2014 District 62 Community Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Robert Bachar. Bachar has volunteered at ICS for several years and donates many hours per week to work with students. Rob is a business owner in the neighborhood (C&R Flowers). Although his children are grown, Rob works with several different 2nd to 5th grade groups in one-on-one situations and small groups. He supports learning in the areas of Response to Interventions (RtI) and mathematics.

St. Stephen Church was awarded the 2014 Students Succeed Partner of the Year Award. This fall, St. Stephen’s Parish approached Plainfield with a pilot program-The Back-Pack Program. The church provides weekly backpacks of food for five families who are in need of assistance throughout the school year. St. Stephens delivers the food every Friday, except during winter, spring, and summer breaks. It is sent home with the student. Students are very excited about receiving backpacks every week and talk about their favorite snacks such as the chocolate milk or the fruit snacks. One student expressed how excited her family is to receive the food because of their struggle to feed the household.

Please contact the District 62 Community Relations Department at 847-824-8070 or to find out about volunteering or establishing a Students Succeed partnership.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Tempest Bova, Director of Community Relations, (847) 824-8070.

Awards & Recognitions

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Those Who Excel - 2009
Wendy DeVitto (Recognition), Stephanie Duckmann (Merit), Mary Fink (Recognition), Stephanie Hajdu (Merit), Janice Rashid (Recognition), and Dana Yala (Merit)
Those Who Excel - 2008
Helen Galvan (Merit), Cathy Sears (Recognition), Barbara Guill (Recognition), Asia Gurney (Recognition), Colleen Harrold (Merit), and Brenda Murphy (Merit)
Those Who Excel - 2007
Mary Ellen Bleeden, Paul Piszkiewicz, Joan Abrams, Marcia Sciavone, and Tim Henson

Illinois Association of School Administrators
2013 Illinois Superintendent of the Year
Dr. Jane L. Beyer Westerhold

Illinois Association of School Boards
2012 School Board Governance Recognition
Award of Merit
2012 Educational Environments Exhibition
South Elementary School
Orchard Place Elementary School

Award of Excellence
Special Purpose Category

Milagros Bravo, Monserrat Cabrera-Landini, Celia Garcia-Fernandez, Flor Marchisotto, Christine Trujillo of the Second Language Department
Community Relations Director Mindy Ward, and Julie Nykiel of Nykiel Designs for a Second Language Programs brochure
Awards of Merit

2011-2012 Student & Parent Handbook
Handbook Committee – Brad Voehringer, Denise Fernandez, Helen Galvan, Sylvia Ortega, Mindy Ward and Julie Nykiel

Response to Intervention Brochure
RtI Committee – Catherine Borge, Dr. Janice Rashid, Kathy Ryan, Noelle Schwartz, Jean Wilson, Mindy Ward and Julie Nykiel

April Showers of Thanks

Celebration Honoring District 62 Volunteers and Corporate Partners – Mindy Ward and Julie Nykiel

Japanese Tea Ceremony and Distinguished Volunteer Awards, Special Purpose Publication
2011, Honorable Mention
Shining the Light on our Staff, Special Purpose Publication
2011, Honorable Mention
U62, Branding/Image Package
2011, Honorable Mention
2010-2011 U62
2011, Golden Achievement Award
Master Planning Community Discussions
2009, Golden Achievement Award
Exemplary Public Relations Activity

Family Connections
2009, Honorable Mention
Print Newsletter - External Audience

Gallery 62 Art Exhibit
2008, Golden Achievement Award
Exemplary Public Relations Activity

Shining the Light on our Staff – Staff Recognition
2008, Golden Achievement Award
Exemplary Public Relations Activity

Partners in Education
2008, Honorable Mention
Print Newsletter - External Audience

Cabinet Newsletter
2007, Award of Merit
Electronic Newsletter – Internal Audience

Inside 62
2007, Honorable Mention
Print Newsletter - Internal Audience

Distinguished Service Awards 2009
Kathy Ryan, Dr. Janice Rashid, Mary Fink,
Wendy DeVitto, Stephanie Duckmann,
Steve Schaefer, Hank Nerwin, Robert Klein,
Mike Lake, John Haupt, and Cliff Hagedorn

Distinguished Service Awards 2008
Brenda Murphy, Tracy Kellerhals,
Don Gierszewicz, Asia Gurney, Helen Galvan,
Mindy Ward, Laura Ellsworth, Chandra Eby, Lourdes Bravo, Lorene Schweig,
Gina Cheeks, Janvi Patel, and Rad Mika

MeLinda Ward
2008, INSPRA Professional of the Year
Board Briefs
2008, Award of Merit
Accentuating the Positive
2008, Award of Merit

Partners in Education
2008, Award of Merit
Print Newsletter - External Audience

Distinguished Service Awards 2008
Paul Piszkiewicz, Mary Ellen Bleeden, Joan Abrams, Marcia Sciavone, and Robert Sanks
Inside 62
2007, Award of Merit
Print Newsletter - Internal Audience

District Website
2007, Award of Excellence
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