Friends of Education will be recognized during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
Volunteers can make a tremendous difference in how much and how quickly children learn in schools.
In conjunction with this week's American Education Week/National Children's Book Week activities, all Lawrence schools are honoring a Friend of Education. Many of these friends are parent volunteers. Some of them are grandparents. And others work for local companies that have formed Business/Education Partnerships with schools.
The friends will be recognized during a ceremony that starts at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center. The public is invited to the event, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Education Assn.
Here are this year's Friends of Education:
- Broken Arrow, June and Burt Volkers. June Volkers has been a parent volunteer for several years, working directly with students in classrooms, coordinating book orders for teachers and helping with PTA activities. Burt Volkers was a charter member of the school site council and has chaired the group during its first two years.
- Centennial, Sally Salb, Eudora. Salb has been an active parent at the school for more than 10 years. Among her many activities: she coordinates Centennial's Spring Fun Festival, is on the PTA executive board, assists with enrollment and has organized school supplies sales.
- Cordley, Bruce Nightingale. Nightingale has been active and served as an officer in both PTA and site council. He is a member of the Superintendent's Advisory Council.
- Deerfield, Patsy Huffman. Huffman has volunteered hundreds of hours to the school. Her contributions include helping each year in classrooms, going on field trips, helping the nurse with screenings, and coordinating kindergarten roundup and the school carnival.
- East Heights, Sue Gibbons. Gibbons is a grandparent who volunteers her time by taking height and weight of children, helping with PTO functions, as well as the Boy Scouts.
- Grant, Carol Tingle. Tingle works as a parent volunteer four mornings a week, assisting students with computers during math and science instruction. In addition, she has helped research, preview and evaluate computer software.
- Hillcrest, Dean Manwaring. Each morning, Manwaring can be seen working with students, running errands, putting up bulletin boards, organizing materials, patching hurt feelings and helping with other projects. He also operates the cake walk at the school's Fall Fling Carnival.
- Kennedy, Ralph Nicol. Nicol has been advancing the school's computers and technology lab with curriculum instruction. He also has formed a Technology and Computer Club.
- New York, Eldridge Avery. Avery is a former Kansas University football player who is completing a degree in chemistry. For three years, he has helped students with tutoring and goal-setting.
- Pinckney, Kim Dayton and Larry Hoyle. Dayton was instrumental in setting up the home page for Pinckney on the World Wide Web. Dayton also has been supportive of classroom activities and is a volunteer in the school's computer lab. Hoyle has been active in PTO and works with students in the computer club. He is a member of the district's technology committee.
- Prairie Park, John and Karen Pendleton. The Pendletons have helped beautify the school. They initiated the landscaping project and assisted with planning and provided many of the materials.
- Quail Run, Deb Shmalberg and Beth Reid. Both women are active in PTO, the school carnival and volunteerism. Shmalberg worked on the parent "work order" program and the safety committee. And Reid has provided technological assistance.
- Riverside, Suzanne Gilbert. Gilbert volunteers as a classroom assistant who has helped introduce primary students to the computer lab and computing skills.
- Schwegler, Susie Haase. Haase is active in PTA, chairing committees and organizing and running many functions and activities. She also has been a "behind-the-scenes" person for many smaller projects.
- Sunflower, Sue Morgan. Morgan was instrumental last year, even before the school opened, in helping get the school off to a smooth start. She has served on numerous committees working to improve curriculum and communication in the district. She also was PTO president during the planning stages and first year of the school.
- Sunset Hill, Karen Bayouth. Bayouth has been a library volunteer for several years, logging many hours at the school. And she has helped with field trips that classrooms have taken.
- Wakarusa Valley, Patty McGuire. McGuire, who has four children in four classrooms at the school, has volunteered in many capacities, including in the library, in the kindergarten and first-grade classrooms and with fund-raisers. She currently is PTO president, and has been active in the organization in previous years.
- Woodlawn, Wayne Simonich, FMC Corp. Simonich has chaired the school's site council since its inception. He also has been active in the school's Business/Education Partnership with FMC. He has helped secure funds from FMC for such activities as the Reading is Fundamental program (RIF).
- Central Junior High, Jane Platt. Platt is active in the school's Parent Empowerment Project. She has helped organize the Parent Room and the Clothing Room. She even painted the scoreboard on the football field.
- South Junior High, Diane Ash. Ash coordinates faculty breakfasts, luncheons and other "thank-yous" for staff. She attends nearly every school event and offers videotapes to coaches of sports and cheerleaders.
- Southwest Junior High, M.J. Panella. Panella has been organizing parent volunteers to help with the opening of the school.
- West Junior High, Sally Six Hersh. Although Hersh is retired, she continues to volunteer at West. She helps with theater productions, as well as other activities.
- Lawrence High School, Diane Pope. Pope has been helping with child development and teen relationship classes for several years. Recently, she began a support group for parenting teens. She also served on the Day Care Committee.
- Lawrence Alternative High School, Bet Simmons. Simmons has been instrumental in organizing a parent support group, and she supports the school in other areas.
- School District Service Center, Mercantile Bank of Lawrence. Mercantile has teamed with the Lied Center and the school district to form a Business/Education Partnership. Among the bank's activities is bringing to Lawrence nationally-known speakers and writers to promote reading among children.