Individual volunteers and one business will be honored during ceremonies Wednesday as “Friends of Education” by the Lawrence school district and Lawrence Education Association.
Events will be at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive. A reception for all winner and supporters will be from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Winners to be honored during the first ceremony, set for 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.:
• Broken Arrow — Tammy Hogsett, a past PTA president and longtime member who volunteers in classrooms and was instrumental in establishing the Broken Arrow Walk-A-Thon and in creating and maintaining the school’s Teaching and Learning Garden.
• Deerfield — Barb Novorr, who volunteers more than 10 hours a week as a clerical aide, lines up beginning-of-the-year teacher helpers, and organizes appreciation events — and food — for staffers, teachers and others.
• Kennedy — Angie Tyler, a classroom volunteer active in PTO who helps fill classroom needs and assists with fundraising events, carnivals and family nights.
• New York — Natasha Naramore, a classroom volunteer and leader active in PTO and the school’s site council whose efforts range from weeding flower pots and sweeping sidewalks to organizing a talent show routine for third-graders and suggesting an ice cream social to welcome new students.
• Sunset Hill — Mark Edgecomb, whose assistance with school and community projects includes helping with health-related efforts, coordinating assistance for families in need, coaching a baseball team and donating bottled water for community events.
• Wakarusa Valley — Natalie Archer, a classroom volunteer who coordinates volunteers from Kansas University to support school curriculum for science and math, lined up volunteers for the Body Venture program, and attends field trips and works with PTO, the school’s Science Committee and Science Family Fun Nights.
• Central — Tim and Judy Keller, whose many efforts include coordinating volunteers and gathering donations as co-chairs of the Central Fun Run, the school’s annual fundraiser.
• South — Patrick Manning, who coordinates activities with his employer, McDonald’s of Lawrence, one of the school’s Lawrence Education Achievement Partners; among such efforts are providing DVDs and cookies for classrooms, banners for hallways and Apple Dippers for students before reading assessments, plus lining up financing for a new exercise room and volunteers to conduct mock interviews for students in business classes.
• Southwest — Kelly McReynolds, the school’s volunteer coordinator who coordinates meals and snacks for teachers and ensures that various events — Dogtoberfest, library book fair, freshman cookout, fundraisers, field trips, landscaping work days and other special events — all have full crews and support.
• West — Lisa Werner, leader of Parents of West Warhawks, an organization that has increased staff recognition, student activities, fundraising and parent involvement.
• Free State High — Thomas and Dru Fritzel, providers of materials and labor to help the school accommodate outdoor athletic events and implement on-campus graduation ceremonies.
• Lawrence High — Don Nieto, who joined the school’s site council 15 years ago and spent five years as chairman, volunteers as a guest speaker in classrooms and for in-service activities and serves on search committees for hiring school administrators.
Winners to be honored during a second ceremony, set from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.:
• Community Connections Center — Jane Budde, a retired teacher who volunteers two hours a week to help students with sewing, leading students to make placemats, coasters, blankets and more; she also donates materials and supplies, and offers advice for new programs.
• Cordley — Alex Weston, a PTA member whose hours of weekend work was considered key in the school’s six-year effort to complete construction of an outdoor shelter; he’s also a Girl Scouts leader, and led the girls last year in creating a wooden peace pole now posted outside the school’s entrance.
• Hillcrest — Elizabeth Carter, who volunteers 16 hours a week to serve as a mentor and friend to young students, particularly helping students new to the school, and country, feel welcome.
• Langston Hughes — Karl and Carol Pittman, a team that features Carol being active in PTO and volunteering in and organizing volunteers for the school’s computer lab; and Karl leading fifth-graders through five weeks of lessons as part of Southwest Airlines’ Adopt-A-Pilot program.
• Prairie Park — Cindy Williams, of KU Credit Union, who sets up a credit union “branch office” Thursday mornings and afternoons to accept student deposits, all operated by students she selected, trained and manages.
• Pinckney — Marty Marsh, a paraeducator whose volunteer work at the school stretches back 33 years and includes tending school gardens, assisting with programs and coordinating recycling and related fundraising efforts.
• Quail Run — Julie Lesslie, a parent volunteer for 13 years whose efforts have included organizing room parties, coordinating fundraisers and working as a classroom “floater,” with the PTO and in the school library.
• Schwegler — Lars Leon, a PTA leader whose efforts focus on involving the school and community in environmental responsibility and awareness, including “Art in the Sky” activities.
• Sunflower — John Haynes, leader of the Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) father-involvement initiative that provides positive role models for students and enhances school security.
• Woodlawn — Michelle Iwig-Harmon, a classroom volunteer and PTO leader instrumental in increasing parent involvement and organizing wellness-inspired events and fundraising activities.
• Lawrence school district — Community Mercantile, a member of the Coordinated School Health Council and a Lawrence Education Achievement Partner for Hillcrest School and West Junior High School.