VIPS Recognizes Top School Volunteers
- May 1, 2009
Most people understand the importance of community involvement in the day-to-day operation of public schools, and Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) has recognized outstanding volunteer contributions in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools at its annual Volunteer Picnic and Apple Awards for the past 19 years. This year, the event took place Thursday, April 23, at University Baptist Church.
At the event, the Crystal Apple Award, the highest award for VIPS’ school volunteers, was given to the downtown First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge for their more than 25 years of service at Buchannan Elementary School. The Crystal Apple award is reserved for individuals or organizations who have served in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools for 10 years or longer. More than 60 elementary, middle and high schools sent in nominations this year.
“VIPS is excited to have received 60 very competitive nominations,” said Shannon Cain, VIPS volunteer director. “Schools look to this event as a way of saying thank you to community members who share their time and talents with public school students throughout the school year.
VIPS works to foster student success for every child in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools by building support for public education. VIPS facilitates EveryBody Reads, EveryOne Counts and Voyage programs.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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