School District honors 2011 Volunteers of the Year

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The School District of Indian River County honored its top volunteers at a recent luncheon.

All schools in the district were asked to select a youth, adult, and senior volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education for the students of Indian River County.

This year 47 volunteers were honored.

Volunteers were selected based on the number of hours of service, years of service, unusual type of contribution, and/or characteristic of services rendered.

Those selected were then considered for the district’s top volunteer in each category.

This year’s district winners are:

Sue Mora – Senior Category, nominated by Gifford Middle School – Ms. Mora is a retired educator and assistant principal, having served over 30 years in the public school system.  Ms. Mora has volunteered over 700 hours of her time assisting Gifford Middle School’s faculty, staff, and students since her retirement just eighteen months ago. She began volunteering the day after her retirement party.  She spent that summer writing the Gifford Middle School Improvement Plan and training the personnel who would be taking over the projects she managed for years.  Gifford Middle was Ms. Mora’s second home for so many years, and we are grateful she has decided to continue to dedicate her time and efforts to her “other” family. Congratulations Sue Mora!

Courtney Shogran – Adult Category, nominated by Sebastian River Middle School – Mrs. Shogran has been volunteering at Sebastian River Middle School for the past two years, averaging 25-30 hours per week. She volunteers during school hours and at extracurricular events. She is a very successful fundraiser, spearheading a drive to raise money for volleyball uniforms and a scholarship fund to offset “pay to participate” fees for student athletes. She also forged a strong business partnership with Stone Creek Pizzeria whereby every Monday, 10 percent of their profit would benefit the SRMS Athletic Department. In addition to her own volunteer activities, she took on the role of School Volunteer Coordinator, recruiting volunteers and organizing volunteer activities throughout the school year at Sebastian River Middle School.  Sebastian River Middle School is grateful to have such a caring and dedicated volunteer. Congratulations Courtney Shogran!

 Colleen Coppola – Youth Category, nominated by Liberty Magnet School – Colleen is a very active senior at SRHS. But in her spare time, she volunteers at Liberty Magnet School, where she has been a huge help to teachers, staff, and students, with three programs, in particular. Colleen organized, labeled and displayed all the reading material used in the Buddy Readers program. She also organized a system for the children to be able to take these books home to enjoy with their families.  In addition, Colleen organized all the reading, math, and Spanish summer assignments turned in by students who participated in the Principal’s Challenge. And, she created a bulletin board in the school’s main hallway to display their work. Finally, Colleen put binders together to facilitate the Earobics computer program for K-2 teachers and students. Colleen always shows extraordinary interest and enthusiasm in whatever tasks she tackles at Liberty Magnet School. Congratulations Colleen Coppola!

Congratulations to our outstanding school volunteers and thanks for all you do!

A special thanks to the sponsors of the 2011 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon:

Carter Associates, Inc.

Proctor Construction Company

RSM McGladrey, Inc.

Summit Construction Management, Inc.

Tercilla Courtemanche Architects, Inc.

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