Little Rock School District Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) hosted its district-wide volunteer recognition reception, “An Evening for the Stars,” on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
Awards were presented to schools, volunteers and organizations. The highest award established by ViPS in honor of the program’s founder, Jane Mendel, was presented to Ginny Belotti, a volunteer who has achieved an exceptional level of service.
Ginny Belotti (R), Jane Mendel Award Recipient
Ninety-one individual and business nominees were recognized for their volunteer service. Thirty-two of those nominees were honored with awards.
R.J. Coleman from Roberts Elementary
Rachel Schaffhauser from Central High
Mary Gordon from Woodruff Early Childhood Center
Charlotte Cook from Carver Magnet Elementary
Sammy Grandy from Pulaski Heights Middle
Antony Hobbs from Central High
Michele Easter from Carver Magnet Elementary
Andrea Dixon from Jefferson Elementary, Pulaski Heights Middle, and Central High
Mentor and Tutor Awards
James Britt from Rockefeller Elementary
Bobby Lovelace from Washington Elementary
Curtis Norwood from Central High School
Lessons For Life, founder Alexis Ware from Henderson Middle School
Community Resource Awards
UALR Children International from Wakefield Elementary
100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock from Romine Elementary
Arnella Hayes-Carter from McClellan High School
Love Your School
Family Volunteer Awards
Missy Duke from Fulbright Elementary
Steve Hyatt from Carver Magnet Elementary
Deana McCormack from Mann Magnet Middle
Ganell Tubbs from Fair Park Early Childhood Center
April Toney from Mabelvale Elementary
Virginia Stuckey from Meadowcliff Elementary, Mann Middle and Parkview High
Cherie Abston from Booker Magnet Elementary
Community Volunteer Awards
Scott Banks from Carver Magnet Elementary
Chuck Greenlee from Cloverdale Middle
Kris Huffman from Pulaski Heights Elementary
Carl Carpenter from Bale Elementary
Parent Involvement Award
Williams Parent Newsletter, Katrina Owoh, editor, from Williams Magnet Elementary
Greta Freeman, Little Rock PTA Council president
Partners in Education Award
Longley Baptist Church from Cloverdale Middle
Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church from Wakefield Elementary
Crosswalk Family of God Church from Mabelvale Elementary
Fifty individuals earned a President’s Service Award by documenting more than 250 hours of volunteer service to the Little Rock School District this year.
Four volunteers qualified for the President’s Lifetime Achievement Service Award in recognition of over 4,000 lifetime hours of documented service on behalf of the Little Rock School District. Those volunteers are Don Austin, Whitney Bordelon, Vicki Botner and Michelle Odum.
Schools were recognized for special achievements in volunteer hours. Top performing schools honored were Roberts and Carver elementaries, Mann middle, and Parkview and Central high schools.
ViPS was founded in 1972 to provide assistance to teachers of the Little Rock School District by promoting volunteerism. ViPS serves as a link between the district and the community while providing citizens the opportunity to be involved in the education of children. Over 951,954 hours of volunteer service, valued at over $21 million, were contributed on behalf of the Little Rock School District during the 2014-15 school year.
That is the most volunteer hours ever recorded for a single school year.