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Sarasota County Schools Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers and Partners in Annual Award Ceremony

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VOLUNTEERS & PARTNERS: Sarasota school district leaders presented with a check of in-kind hours (left to right) Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent; Lyndsey Cantees, volunteer and partnerships coordinator; Bridget Ziegler, School Board Chair.

SARASOTA COUNTY, April 20, 2018 – Last week, the Sarasota County School District recognized outstanding individual volunteers and business partners during its annual awards ceremony. It is an annual tradition during National Volunteer Recognition Month to honor those who volunteer throughout the district. During the 2017-2018 school year, thousands of volunteer hours equated to more than $4.8 million in in-kind hours used to support Sarasota County Schools. Scott Dennis, ABC 7 news anchor and long-time supporter, served as master of ceremonies.

“Without a doubt, the Sarasota County School District has the most generous and dedicated volunteers and business partners,” said Superintendent, Todd Bowden. “Their commitment to our schools is unparalleled and we are fortunate to live and work in a community that supports student success, and challenges us to be more.” 

“The TeamUp Volunteer & Partnership Council along with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County are instrumental in making the volunteer program throughout the school district a success,” noted Lyndsey Cantees, program coordinator, Sarasota County Schools Volunteer & Partnership Office. “Their generosity helps us connect more than 10,000 volunteers and business partners with schools and students annually to promote learning and civic engagement.” 

"It is tremendously exciting and inspiring to see the number of volunteers throughout the school district grow each year," commented Bridget Ziegler, Sarasota County school board chair. “From elementary, middle and high school students to parents, retirees and business partners, we are truly blessed to work with our amazing volunteers – all of whom play an integral part in our shared mission of enhancing the lives of our students through education.”

The following students were given monetary awards for their outstanding commitment to the community:

  • Juliette Daddario, Venice High School, 2018 Lilly Kaighin Service Award
  • Serena Orduno, Sarasota High School, 2018 Bette Woodson Service Award
  • Lia Vangellow, Riverview High School, 2018 Teeja Service through the Arts Award
  • Litha Martinez, Suncoast Technical College, Newtown, 2018 Freeman Orthodontics Inspiration Award
  • Andrew Lakey, Suncoast Polytechnical High School, 2018 Freeman Orthodontics Inspiration Award

The Volunteer & Partnership Office also recognized innovative leaders throughout the school district, including these 2018 district award recipients: 

  • Kendall Frechette, Pine View School, Outstanding Youth Volunteer
  • Susan Lord, Atwater Elementary School, Outstanding Adult Volunteer
  • Theodore Downing, Booker High School, Outstanding Senior Volunteer
  • JE Charlotte Construction, Riverview High School business partner, Outstanding Local Business Partner
  • The Baltimore Orioles, Oak Park School business partner, Outstanding Corporate Business Partner

The Sarasota County School District Volunteer & Partnerships Office is charged by the Superintendent to support schools in their work with volunteers, business partners and community collaborations. That work is directly supported by the TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to connect the greater Sarasota community with public schools, along with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. The collaborative mission is to support educational opportunities for students thought comprehensive community involvement by creating public awareness, providing resources, conducting training and supporting and recognizing volunteerism and partnerships.

Throughout the month, the Sarasota County School District has been posting volunteer spotlights on the district’s Facebook Page

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