03-31-14: Community service recipients honored at “Friendraiser” Break
03-31-14: Community service recipients honored at “Friendraiser” Break
Posted on 03/31/2014

A student with more than 800 hours of community service, a teacher who inspires her students to serve, and a volunteer reading tutor who helps struggling readers are this year’s recipients of the Communities In Schools of Puyallup (CISP) annual community service awards.

 

All three winners received their awards March 26 during the ninth annual CISP “Friendraiser” Breakfast and auction at the Washington State Fair Events Center.

 

More than $19,000 was raised during this year's event, attended by 270 community leaders, educators, state legislators, business representatives, and volunteers, said CISP Executive Director Jan Mauk.

 

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Award winners

 

Megan Horton, an Emerald Ridge High School senior, is this year’s Student Citizen of the Year. She is a leader in the March Gladness community service program at her school and has logged more than 800 hours of community service since her freshman year.Image

 

Patti McMullan, March Gladness coordinator at Emerald Ridge High School, introduced Horton and shared about the many ways the student serves her school and community.

 

Jerry Larson, chair of the Washington State Fair Foundation, presented Horton with an engraved plaque, ribbons, and certificate. The Foundation sponsors the annual award and presents the winner with a $1,500 college scholarship.

 

Career and Technical Education teacher Pam Reichel, who teaches the Medical Careers class at Puyallup High School and is the school’s Health and Occupational Services Association club adviser, has been named the 2014 Educator Citizen of the Year.

 

Puyallup High Principal Jason Smith presented Reichel with her engraved plaque. As Educator Citizen of the Year, award sponsor South Hill Collision gives Reichel $250 to donate to the charity of her choice.

 

For the second straight year, CISP has also selected a Volunteer of the Year. This year the organization selected Anne Troccoli, who has served as a tutor the past 10 years with the Good Samaritan Readers program at Stewart Elementary School.

 

Good Samaritan Readers Coordinator Chris Stockslager presented Troccoli with an engraved plaque. South Hill Collision also sponsors this award and gives Troccoli $250 to donate to the charity of her choice.

 

Student participation and guest speakers

March Gladness student representatives welcomed guests as they arrived for the annual breakfast.

Rogers High School JROTC Color Guard members Conner Landon, Brandon Murray, Pamela Stephenson, and Cheyenne Sweet presented the colors.

 

Glacier View Junior High students Kym Jones and Kayla Prasch sang the national anthem and joined their school jazz band, under the direction of Allison Spray, to provide background music during breakfast.

Master of Ceremonies Melanie Stambaugh, a 2008 graduate of Emerald Ridge High School and 2012 graduate of the University of Washington, provided an overview of CISP.
ImageKarshner Elementary sixth-grade teacher Nancy Ellis and counselor Anne Zimmerman, selected as this year’s guest speakers, shared how the organization has assisted the students at their school.

 

They discussed how the need has grown at the school, which has nearly 60 percent of students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. They added that CISP “is affecting our kids in a positive way and helping them to reach their full potential.”

Attendees also bid on items donated by the community during a live auction and raffle. Money raised supports CISP programs.

Mauk, the organization’s executive director, also shared brief remarks. She thanked those who attended and helped at the breakfast, as well as the many volunteers who provide ongoing support for students in need.

“I appreciate the continued outpouring of support for Communities In Schools,” Mauk said. “Every child needs and deserves a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult.”

 

CISP partners with the Puyallup School District and community businesses to provide services such as reading and math tutoring. It also coordinates events such as back-to-school supply drives, “weekend backpack” programs that provide families with bags of nutritious food items to eat over the weekend, and the annual March Gladness community service projects.

 

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