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PRESS RELEASE

April 15, 2005

Vivian Myrtetus
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Winn Recognizes Outstanding School Volunteers

ORLANDO — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today recognized Florida's Outstanding School Volunteers at a luncheon in Orlando. Florida's 496,938 school volunteers donated over 18.6 million hours during the 2004-05 school year.

"It is a privilege to honor Florida's Outstanding School Volunteers," said Commissioner Winn. "They represent thousands of people throughout the state who work tirelessly for Florida's students. I applaud their efforts and thank them for making a difference in the lives of children."

School volunteers represent the five educational regions of the state and are from three age groups: youth, adult, and senior citizen. The award is presented annually to school volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida. Outstanding volunteers are selected based on number of hours, years of service, unusual contribution, and/or characteristics of services rendered.

The 2004-05 Outstanding School Volunteers are:

Region 1

  • Youth: Ms. Jessica Stein, Blue Angels Elementary, Pensacola (Escambia)
  • Adult: Mrs. Renee Bookout, Oriole Beach Elementary, Gulf Breeze (Santa Rosa)
  • Senior: Mr. Bob Woodward, Ensley Elementary, Pensacola (Escambia)

Region 2

  • Youth: Ms. Dallas Flint, Allen D. Nease High School, St. Augustine (St. Johns)
  • Adult: Mrs. Judy Lundell, Wiles Elementary, Kanapaha Middle School, Gainesville High School, Gainesville (Alachua)
  • Senior: Mr. William Eldeb, Alimacani Elementary, Jacksonville (Duval)

Region 3

  • Youth: Ms. Lena Gosik, Jensen Beach Elementary, Jensen Beach (Martin)
  • Adult: Dr. Valeh Levy, Coronado Beach Elementary, New Smyrna Beach (Volusia)
  • Senior: Ms. Barbara Willey, Pine Ridge High School, Daytona Beach (Volusia)

Region 4

  • Youth: Mr. Laymon Hicks, Roland Park K-8 School, Tampa (Hillsborough)
  • Adult: Ms. Diana Meneely, Park Elementary, Avon Park (Highlands)
  • Senior: Mr. Earl Abell, Clearwater Adult Education Center, Clearwater (Pinellas)

Region 5

  • Youth: Mr. Ang Li, Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Pinecrest (Miami-Dade)
  • Adult: Mrs. Nora Lopez, County Hills Elementary, Coral Springs (Broward)
  • Senior: Mrs. Willie Perry, Gove Elementary, Belle Glade (Palm Beach)