Poway Unified Announces the Selection of District Volunteers of the Year
Garry Burgess, Audrey Frank, and Stan Kim Receive School District Honors
The Poway Unified School District is proud to recognize our volunteers and is pleased to announce that Rachel Allums, Jenny Burnett, and Cathy Rongey have been chosen as Poway Unified District Volunteers of the Year for 2016 from a very distinguished list of school site volunteers of the year.
Garry Burgess, Black Mountain Middle School
For the past two and a half years, Garry Burgess has served as the president of Black Mountain Middle School’s Foundation, at one point even balancing a concurrent role as the president of Sunset Hill’s Foundation. Under Garry’s leadership, the Foundation has helped fund various programs on campus such as Show Choir, Community Garden, Orchestra, Band, and more. This year, the Foundation implemented a $10,000 mini-grant program where staff could apply for $500 mini-grants that would help benefit classes. Items that were funded ranged from the Playwright’s Project, field trip fees, and conference fees to iPads, and K’Nex blocks. Garry’s volunteerism extends beyond the Foundation. As a parent, Garry has two students who attend BMMS. Through Garry’s efforts, he has helped bring the Hour of Code program to campus for the past two years. Over the course of one week, Garry helps lead students through the basics of programming. This year, they were able to host an "advanced" Hour of Code, again with Garry’s assistance. Garry has also helped out with other programs, such as Odyssey of the Mind, the annual FallFest carnival, and within the BMMS Academy.
Audrey Frank, Rancho Bernardo High School
Audrey Frank is the driving force behind the RB Music Boosters Organization, serving as the executive board president for the past six years. She is a hard worker who has an infectious, positive attitude that inspires and drives the parents who volunteer for the music program. The demand as booster president requires being available around the clock to respond and address the 275 families involved in the instrumental music program. Since the music program operates and performs year round, Audrey works year round to keep the music boosters running. During Audrey’s time as president, the music booster organization faced many hurdles as funding grew difficult in a struggling economy. Under Audrey’s leadership, the music boosters continued to move forward and provide the best support possible for the music program. There were many days when Audrey would work a full day as an elementary school principal and drive straight to RB for a meeting or music booster activity. She has also been involved with the swimming parent organization, assisting her husband with their Boy Scout troop, and volunteering at church.
Stan Kim, Painted Rock Elementary School
Painted Rock is nominating Stan Kim as Volunteer of the Year due to the lasting impact he has had on their school community. Stan pioneered the volunteer involvement of men on the PRES campus by starting the Painted Rock Dad's club, "Lunch with Dads Week", and "Dads Rock The Classroom". Stan loaned his art form of photography to more classrooms and teachers than can be counted. He has even helped train other parent volunteer photographers. Stan has spent years coaching the 3rd graders to run in the Rotary Club race (which PRES has won many years due to Stan's training!). He also teaches leadership skills to 4th and 5th graders by having them mentor and train with the younger runners. Stan has organized and emceed the Talent Show "Panther Idol" throughout the years. More recently, he has lent his services to the Foundation where he spent hours producing a video for one of their live auction winners. Stan has also launched a scholarship program for promoting 5th grade ESL students.
2016 Poway Unified Volunteers of the Year
This is a list of all PUSD 2016 school site Volunteers of the Year. All of these finalists are outstanding candidates, representative of the high level of commitment to our students and schools.
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