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The gift of time is precious, and volunteers are truly generous when it comes to investing this valuable resource in our schools and with our students.

Students, faculty and district staff members came together May 11, 2017 to say thank you and celebrate during the annual Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year Awards Program.

This award ceremony acknowledges the crucial role school volunteers play in students’ lives and how they enrich our schools with their selfless dedication.

Awards are bestowed at the elementary and secondary level in the following categories: “Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year,” “Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year” and “Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year.” These winners are selected from among more than 100 people named “Volunteers of the Year” at their respective schools.


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2017 Elementary Level Award Winners

Haley Albert - Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year

Haley Albert
James E. Stephens Elementary
Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year

At only 17 years of age, Haley is already making a difference in her community by developing young girls’ self-esteem and encouraging students at all learning levels to read. Haley is an aspiring elementary teacher who is known for her mentorship and artistic contributions to Stephens Elementary. Students benefit from one-on-one attention she provides as an assistant in the classroom and media center.

Lori Morrison - Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year

Lori Morrison
Spessard L. Holland Elementary
Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year

Known as “Me-Maw,” Lori Morrison uses her training as a professional educator to help first graders master reading, math, and even weather lessons. She uses hands-on materials and elaborate visual aids to capture their attention and make each subject come to life. Outside of the classroom, Lori also mentors disadvantaged students and serves as a resource for parents on the weekends.

Carol Cramp
Alta Vista Elementary
Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year

Carol Cramp has a heart for students with language-based disabilities, and uses her years of experience as a reading specialist to support students at Alta Vista Elementary. Carol spends four days every week with first grade students, the majority of whom are considered ESOL. She works with small groups, practicing vocabulary and reading comprehension to improve their skills and self-confidence.

2017 Secondary Level Award Winners

Aundrea Camp - Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year

Aundrea Camp
Fort Meade Middle-Senior High
Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year

Aundrea Camp graduated from Fort Meade Middle-Senior High in 2015 and wasted no time finding ways to give back to her community. She frequently mentors a diverse group of ESE students, helping them stay on task and encouraging them to succeed. Aundrea also manages football equipment for the Fort Meade Fighting Miners and assists with other clerical needs around the school.

Val Walsh - Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year

Val Walsh
Harrison School for the Arts
Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year

Val Walsh’s most significant contribution to Polk County Public Schools is her creation of the SHINE program, a mentor-based partnership between high school students and elementary students. Val’s dedication to this initiative has established a successful model of mentorship between schools. Val also serves as the President of Harrison School for the Arts’ parents’ association and routinely volunteers during Teacher Appreciation Week and school fundraisers.

Bonita Murphy - Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year

Bonita Murphy
West Area Adult Schoo
Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year

Bonita has been volunteering in Polk County Public Schools for 16 years. She is known for being soft-spoken, but as a former teacher also knows how to maintain discipline on campus. Bonnie has a heart for helping adult students succeed. Twice a week, she can be found tutoring students who struggle with reading and English abilities. Bonnie works with students one-on-one, motivating them to reach their goals at West Area Adult School.

2017 Honorees

Elementary School Volunteer
Alta Vista ElementaryCarol Cramp
Alturas ElementaryCaroline Stinson
Auburndale Central ElementaryJulieanna Wilkerson
Bartow Elementary AcademyBette Orwig
Ben Hill Griffin Jr. ElementaryNoemi Cruz
Bethune AcademyTiffany Akins
Blake AcademySherry Hudson
Brigham AcademyLori Griffin
Caldwell ElementaryPhillippe Pontbriant
Carlton Palmore ElementaryMarilynn Maffett
Chain of Lakes ElementaryRosa Barahona
Churchwell ElementaryMichael Davis
Clarence Boswell ElementaryCheri Rainer
Cleveland Court ElementaryRichele McMichael
Combee ElementaryKatie Rosell
Crystal Lake ElementaryAmanda Vargas
Dale R. Fair Babson Park ElementaryBobby Nimmons
Davenport School of the ArtsPat B. Redgrave
Dixieland ElementaryClifton Wheeler
Dr. N.E. Roberts ElementaryPaula Rose
Dundee Elementary AcademyLynne Houston
Eagle Lake ElementaryDawn Halversen
Eastside ElementaryCynthia Warrick
Elbert ElementaryPaula Holm
Floral Avenue ElementaryKaren Wehrle
Fred G. Garner ElementaryLaron Rodriguez Adams
Frostproof ElementaryKaren Campbell
Garden Grove ElementaryAnne Pinnington
Gibbons Street ElementaryJane Luckett-Williams
Griffin ElementaryMary Clarke
Highland City ElementaryBennie Swisher
Highlands Grove ElementaryLissa Bontrager
Hillcrest ElementaryBeverly Walser
Horizons ElementaryDavid Sparr
Inwood ElementaryCynthia Ashley
James E. Stephens ElementaryHaley Albert
James W. Sikes ElementaryThomas Ponton
Janie Howard Wilson ElementaryKathryn Summerton
Jesse Keen ElementaryMalinda Holt
Jewett School of the ArtsDariana Cedeno
Kathleen ElementaryPedro Davila
Kingsford ElementaryElizabeth Gould
Lake Alfred ElementaryRosalee D. Hayes
Lake Shipp ElementaryElaine Scheck
Laurel ElementarySonia Sotomayor
Lena Vista ElementaryBarbara Sype
Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary (Pk-3)Lois Stortz
Lewis Elementary (4-5)Edward Flood
Lincoln Avenue AcademyMelissa Pixley
Loughman Oaks ElementaryRebecca Chea
Medulla ElementaryMorgan Little
North Lakeland ElementaryKaren Boettcher
Oscar J. Pope ElementaryTerrisha Honneffer
Our Children's AcademyJamie Boykin
Padgett ElementaryAlana Bush
Palmetto ElementaryTanya Vetlov-Curet
Philip O'Brien ElementaryAlice Ann Sargeant
Pinewood ElementaryLauren Daughtry
Polk Avenue ElementaryMartha Bair
Polk City ElementarySybil Parker
Purcell ElementaryLois Stortz
R. Bruce Wagner ElementaryDiane Novotny
Rochelle School of the ArtsShannon Sevingy
Sandhill ElementaryKaeli Warren
Scott Lake ElementaryLinda Tarleton
Sleepy Hill ElementaryLorena Dorantes
Snively Elementary William R. "Ricky" Slaughter
Socrum ElementaryAnne Bernat
Southwest ElementaryTabbi Brooks
Spessard Holland ElementaryLori Morrison
Spook Hill ElementaryBetty Blankenship
Valleyview ElementaryAmy Harris
Wahneta ElementaryJames Hamil
Wendell Watson ElementaryLorraine Pavlisko
Winston Academy of EngineeringCedric Turgeon

Secondary School Volunteer
Auburndale HighElizabeth Jane Meadows
Bartow HighReba Coil
Bartow MiddleTeia Thagard
Bill Duncan Opportunity CenterKaren Ruthvens
Boone MiddleRachel Bork
Crystal Lake MiddleKimberly Heberling
Daniel Jenkins AcademyDavina Williams
Denison MiddleJames Arnold
Donald E. Woods Opportunity CenterKevin Kitto
Dundee Ridge Middle AcademyAmy Young
East Area AdultNancy Abney
Fort Meade Middle-SeniorAundrea Camp
Frostproof Middle-SeniorJacquelyn Bobb
Gause Academy of Leadership and TechnologyNilda Rodriguez
George Jenkins HighKaty Alach
Haines City High/IBRacheal Kirkland
Harrison School for the ArtsVal Walsh
Jean O'Dell Learning CenterKaren Wehrle
Jewett Middle Academy MagnetLaura Varney
Karen M. Siegel AcademyKhristine Cloud
Kathleen HighEmily Gray
Kathleen MiddleRobbie Miller
Lake Alfred-Addair MiddleTiera Peabody
Lake Gibson HighKenneth Kramer
Lake Gibson MiddleBrittney Thompson-Self
Lake Region High Debra Thomsen
Lakeland Highlands MiddleEllen Irwin
Lawton Chiles Middle AcademySabina Elmasri
McLaughlin Middle & Fine Arts AcademyRhonda Futch
Mulberry HighGeorge "Louis" Holstein III
Mulberry MiddleGina Riczko
Ridge Community HighDeborah Fox
Sleepy Hill MiddleElana Coulter
Southwest MiddleElizabeth Prokuski
Summerlin AcademyJeff Fassett
Tenoroc High Dr. Lawrence Rankin
Traviss Technical CollegeJohn B. Cuevas
Union AcademyJames Spence
West Area AdultBonita "Bonnie" Murphy
Westwood MiddleShane Wenzloff
Winter Haven HighJulia Beswick

The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards Program is sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships

2016 Outstanding School Volunteers of the Year

Congratulations to James Watkins, Laron Adams, Cynthia Zimmerman, Stephanie Smith and Kevin Dunn.

More information about 2016 Honorees »

Want to Volunteer?

The Polk County School District is the eighth largest in Florida with more than 150 school sites and over 100,000 students. With so many schools and students to serve, volunteers are needed to dedicate their valuable time to accomplish important tasks, and help students reach their educational and career goals. For more information about volunteering, visit http://www.polk-fl.net/community/volunteers/ or call 863.534.0636.