The gift of time is precious, and volunteers are truly generous when it comes to investing this valuable resource in our schools and with our students.

The Volunteer of the Year award ceremony acknowledges the crucial role school volunteers play in students’ lives and how they enrich our schools with their selfless dedication.

Awards are bestowed at the elementary and secondary level in the following categories: “Adult Volunteer of the Year,” “Youth Volunteer of the Year” and “Senior Volunteer of the Year.” These winners are selected from among more than 100 people named “Volunteers of the Year” at their respective schools.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards Program is sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union. For more information, contact the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships

 

Want to Volunteer?

The Polk County School District is the seventh largest in Florida with more than 150 school sites and over 105,500 students. With so many schools and students to serve, volunteers are needed to dedicate their valuable time to accomplish important tasks, and help students reach their educational and career goals. For more information about volunteering, visit polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved or call 863.457.4708.

2019 Elementary Level Award Winners

Abigail Lightsey, Frostproof Elementary, 2019 Youth Volunteer of the Year, Elementary levelAbigail Lightsey
Frostproof Elementary
Youth Volunteer of the Year

Homeschool student Abigail Lightsey has been a school volunteer for one year. Within that short time she has made a tremendous impact, already serving more than 200 volunteer hours. Her dream is to become a teacher, and volunteering at Frostproof Elementary has given her valuable experience. She assists with classroom reading activities, as well as the school’s Accelerated Reader program.

Crystal Maycumber, Walter Caldwell Elementary, 2019 Adult Volunteer of the Year, Elementary levelCrystal Maycumber

Walter Caldwell Elementary
Adult Volunteer of the Year

Crystal Maycumber has been a school volunteer for 12 years. She plays a key role in the operations of Caldwell’s parent-teacher association. She helps with special events, serves food at parent nights, decorates doors to promote school spirit, and lends a helping hand wherever needed. She volunteers in the classroom, and helps students build upon their math and reading skills. She always encourages students to do their best.

Elizabeth Bolden, Garden Grove Elementary, 2019 Senior Volunteer of the Year, Elementary levelElizabeth Bolden

Garden Grove Elementary
Senior Volunteer of the Year

Elizabeth Bolden has been a school volunteer for one year and spends about 40 hours a week at Garden Grove Elementary. She works in the media center and helps students find interesting books to inspire them to read. She experienced a severe automobile accident in December that left her with several broken bones. She didn’t let this stop her devotion to the students, returning a month later to be around the children she missed so much.

2019 Secondary Level Award Winners

Angiana Pierre, East Area Adult School, 2019 Youth Volunteer of the Year, Secondary levelAngiana Pierre
East Area Adult School
Youth Volunteer of the Year

Angiana Pierre has been a school volunteer for one year. She walks from Auburndale High to volunteer at East Area Adult School. Because she speaks Creole, she is able to help the office staff with translation. She developed and organized a library in the Literacy Council office for adults who read below third-grade level. She also worked with the guidance secretary and staff to create intake packets in three languages for incoming students.

Reba Coil, Bartow Senior High, 2019 Adult Volunteer of the Year, Secondary levelReba Coil
Bartow Senior High
Adult Volunteer of the Year

Reba Coil has been a school volunteer for 18 years.  She solicited the community’s support for a professional clothing drive to provide more than 200 outfits for students in need, and is an advisory board member for BHS’ construction and engineering academy. She also serves as a mentor for the Take Stock in Children program. She is an active member of the school advisory council and serves as president of the parent-teacher-student association.

Tommy Helms, Lake Gibson Senior High, 2019 Senior Volunteer of the Year, Secondary levelTommy Helms
Lake Gibson Senior High
Senior Volunteer of the Year

Tommy Helms has been a school volunteer for 41 years. He has assisted with many of the school’s events, including homecoming and prom. He also chaperones students for special events. But his most important contribution is being a handyman at school. This past year, he refurbished the large wooden sign that marks the entrance at LGHS.

2019 Honorees

Elementary School Volunteer
Alta Vista Elementary Susan Dreistadt
Alturas Elementary Mary Nell Smith
Auburndale Central Elementary Carmen Pacheco
Bartow Elementary Academy Tiffany Bilbrey
Bethune Academy Edward Lent
Carlton Palmore Elementary Christina Mansker
Chain of Lakes Elementary David Linton
Clarence Boswell Elementary Yusleidis Ravelo
Cleveland Court Elementary Allison Braun
Combee Academy of Design and Engineering Evelyn Reddy
Crystal Lake Elementary Ashley Baker
Davenport School of the Arts Shaullanda LaCombe
Dixieland Elementary Lawrence Tyrchniewicz
Dundee Elementary Academy April Adams
Eastside Elementary Cynthia Warrick
Edgar L. Padgett Elementary Maryellen Coleman
Elbert Elementary Rachel Lutz
Floral Avenue Elementary Linda Weaver
Frank E. Brigham Academy Lisa Newberry
Fred G. Garner Elementary Jerrie Henry
Frostproof Elementary Abigail Lightsey
Garden Grove Elementary Elizabeth Bolden
Griffin Elementary Heather Bakker
Highland City Elementary Patricia Clarke
Highlands Grove Elementary Tracy Graham
Horizons Elementary Carol Hansen
Inwood Elementary Tiffany Lyndall
James E. Stephens Elementary Katherine Toro
James W. Sikes Elementary Kayle Legacy
Jesse Keen Elementary Marquetta Tunstall
Jewett School of the Arts Debra Wright
John Snively Elementary Janet Lopez
Kathleen Elementary Millie Pagan
Kingsford Elementary April Taylor
Lake Alfred Elementary Danielle Wilkey
Lake Shipp Elementary Miles Kerley
Laurel Elementary Fermin Vasquez
Lena Vista Elementary Jim Chapman
Lincoln Avenue Academy Julie Hance
Loughman Oaks Elementary Christopher Brown
Medulla Elementary Katherin Griffin
North Lakeland Elementary Bernard Vuto
Oscar J. Pope Elementary Marta Beatriz Pena
Philip O’Brien Elementary Addison Taylor
Pinewood Elementary Kathy Whited
Polk City Elementary Stephanie Rankin
Purcell Elementary Tammy Springer
R. Bruce Wagner Elementary Tammy Hill
R. Clem Churchwell Elementary Brooks Heck
Rochelle School of the Arts Gene Burke
Rosabelle W. Blake Academy Sharese Benion
Sandhill Elementary Ladonna Teti
Scott Lake Elementary Kathleen Savastano
Sleepy Hill Elementary April Hall
Socrum Elementary Tiffani Thompson
Southwest Elementary Aimee Dearing
Spessard L. Holland Elementary Mary Hidalgo
Spook Hill Elementary Deborah Ingraham
Valleyview Elementary Melinda Parker
Wahneta Elementary Migdalia Magana Sanchez
Walter Caldwell Elementary Crystal Maycumber
Wendell Watson Elementary Pat Hall
Winston Academy of Engineering Derrick Cox
Secondary School Volunteer
Auburndale Senior High Kimberly Welch
Bartow Middle Hazel Sellers
Bartow Senior High Reba Coil
Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy Emily Fuentes
Denison Middle School Kevin Clark
Doris A. Sanders Learning Center Adam Davidson
Dundee Ridge Middle Academy Julie Barthle
East Area Adult School Angiana Pierre
Fort Meade Middle-Senior Henry Grace
Frostproof Middle-Senior Christina Ellis
George W. Jenkins Senior High Maggie Morera
Haines City Senior High Racheal Kirkland
Jere L. Stambaugh Middle Ruby Giles
Jewett Middle Academy Magnet Laura Varney
Kathleen Middle James Carnley
Kathleen Senior High Elana Coulter
Lake Alfred Polytech Academy Stephen Thompson
Lake Gibson Middle James Prescott
Lake Gibson Senior High Tommy Helms
Lake Region High Margaret Sammons
Lakeland Highlands Middle Teresa O’Brien
Lakeland Senior High Jil Bevis
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy Danny Davis Jr.
Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Michael Carter
Mulberry Middle Connie Busino
Mulberry Senior High Carole Ott
Ridge Community High Raisha Lamboy Jimenez
Southwest Middle Tracey Porter
Traviss Technical College Juan Cuevas
Union Academy Robert Belcher
West Area Adult School Carol Smith
Westwood Middle Chasity Reddick
Winter Haven Senior High Larentiis Smith