Volunteer & Community Involvement

The Outstanding School Volunteer Award


The Outstanding School Volunteer Award is presented annually to volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida. The Outstanding School Volunteer award recognizes one youth, one adult, and one senior school volunteer in each of Florida’s five reporting regions.

2019-2020 Outstanding School Volunteer Award Winners

Region I

Youth

Lyndsey Laborde
Okaloosa County
Fort Walton Beach High School
 
“It has been inspiring to watch our community come together in support of the students at our school. I never imagined how great of an impact The Pantry would have, but I am grateful to have been able to positively affect so many lives.”    

Adult

Dee Ransom
Santa Rosa County
Sims Middle School
Pace High School
 
“Volunteering simply makes me happy because I am able to use my creativity while working with wonderful children and adults to benefit our schools.”

Senior

Mary Wright
Okaloosa County
Lula J. Edge Elementary School
 

"I volunteer as a tutor at Edge Elementary because I can. I have time to invest in the lives of students. I care and am blessed to be a part of my church tutoring ministry and join with Edge teachers, administrative leaders, and support personnel working together to make Edge Elementary a stronger center of learning for students. I commit because I want to use my life serving others including elementary students."

 

Region II

Youth

Chase Magnano
St. Johns County
Ponte Vedra High School
 
“All of my service activities have been underscored by a desire to bring Ponte Vedra High School together as one.”

Adult

Jennifer Stevenson
St. Johns County
Sebastian Middle School
St. Augustine High School
           
“I started volunteering at school to let my children know that I was really taking an interest in their education, but as time went on I realized the support I am providing is incredibly rewarding, and that I am making a difference in the lives of our teachers and students.”

Senior

William Goodman
Alachua County
Gainesville High School
 
“Every child is entitled to a quality education, and I want to make sure that students who have worked hard have access to the resources they need continue their education.”

Region III

Youth

Ishaan Jathal
Brevard County
West Shore Jr. Sr. High School
 
“I believe that volunteerism, particularly by the youth, is the cornerstone of community betterment. I truly do believe that the adage holds true that charity starts at home, and understanding the needs of the world and applying it to one’s community is invaluable. We should think globally yet act locally.”

Adult

Kelly Brill
Martin County
Jensen Beach Elementary School
 
“I volunteer in Florida schools because of my three children. They are the product of our public school system, and I believe that involved parents can truly make a difference, contribute to positive change, and partner with Florida's educational system to help enhance the local school community.”

Senior

Ronald Patchell
Brevard County
Kennedy Middle School
 
"Volunteering means seeing a need and giving of yourself to meet that need; thereby making a difference in the lives of other people."

Region IV

Youth

Kennedy and Avery Cole
Sarasota County
Lakeview Elementary School
 
“Avery and Kennedy live to make a difference in other people’s lives!”

Adult

Vickie Godfrey
Lee County
Orange River Elementary School
 
“Volunteering in the schools is fun!  I enjoy volunteering so teachers can have one less thing to do.”

Senior

George Miller, Jr.
Lee County
Pine Island Elementary School
 
“I volunteer in the schools because I missed interacting with young people.  Volunteering keeps me young!”

Region V

Youth

Christopher Sosa
Palm Beach County
Wynnebrook Elementary School
 
“I volunteer in my Florida elementary school because that is the first place I learned to give back, and I know how it filled my heart.”

Adult

 
Kendra Palumbo
Florida Atlantic University Schools
A.D. Henderson University School
FAU High School
 
“I choose to volunteer in Florida public schools to create the best possible outcome for the highest amount of students because to me it is very simple… it is all about the kids.”

Senior

William Panick
Palm Beach County
Forest Park Elementary School
 
“I like helping people, and students and teachers deserve to be supported.”