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, option 2.

Award Winners:

Elementary Level Award Winners

Brooke Allard
Spessard Holland Elementary
Youth Volunteer of the Year

Brooke serves as a dedicated volunteer where her own school days began: Spessard Holland Elementary. She’s now a sophomore at Bartow High and part of the school’s Future Educators Academy. Brooke uses her teaching skills at Spessard, where she reads to students, provides tutoring, creates lessons and gives presentations. She also helps out in the media center.


Photo of Brooke Allard being surprised at award announcement ceremony

LaDonna Teti
Sandhill Elementary
Adult Volunteer of the Year

LaDonna is the PTO president at Sandhill Elementary and also spends much of her time working in the media center and helping out with various school events. In addition, she puts together gifts and treats to make students and staff feel appreciated, and has been a major fundraising force at Sandhill.

Photo of LaDonna Teti

Joanne Gabel
Willow Oak School
Senior Volunteer of the Year

“Ms. Joanne” is described as an outstanding reading tutor at Willow Oak School, where she provides extra support that helps students succeed. She carries out her duties with a personal touch, giving students special treats for holidays and birthdays. Willow Oak staff say they could not ask for a more “dedicated and compassionate” volunteer.

Photo of Joanne Gabel at surprise prize patrol ceremony

Secondary Level Award Winners

Darcey Martin
Frank E. Brigham Academy
Adult Volunteer of the Year

Darcey serves as president of Winter Haven High’s advisory council and is heavily involved in many other initiatives that support students, parents and staff. She also contributes to student volunteer projects, as well as efforts that reward students for good habits. In addition, Darcey creates resources that assist students with pursuing scholarships and preparing for college.

Photo of Darcey Martin at surprise prize patrol ceremony

Inez Rogerson
East Area Adult School
Senior Volunteer of the Year

The former accountant and math teacher has invested more than 14 years of service at East Area Adult School, where she serves as a math tutor and has been instrumental in many student success stories. Students and staff alike appreciate Inez for her energy and expertise. On campus, she’s known as “the math lady.”

Portrait Photo of Inez Rogerson