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Volunteer Program Recognizes Participants
Mary Olley was honored as Volunteer of the Year at the Susquehanna Twp. School District Volunteer Program Recognition event on June 7, in the Keiser-Fearen Media Center at Susquehanna Twp. High School.
Olley founded and coordinates the Adopt-a-Family program at Thomas W. Holtzman Jr. Elementary School with a cadre of volunteers. The program currently serves 92 families from the township with food, clothing, toys and other necessities. Affiliated with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Rockville Church, the program provides assistance on a weekly basis to those in need.
Volunteers with 20, 15 and ten years of service received service pins. Those individuals include Patricia Tilman, 20 years; Tracey Mitchell and Cindy Allen-Fuss, 15 years; and Susan Clark George, Jacalyn Seigle and Connie Shenk, ten years. Each volunteer in attendance talked about their experiences in classrooms and beyond. In addition to enjoying a buffet, volunteers were presented with tokens of appreciation acknowledging volunteerism in education.
Daphne Champagne, who is retiring as program coordinator after more than 20 years of service, served as emcee of the event to honor more than 100 volunteers who gave more than 3,000 hours of service assisting students and teachers during the 2015-16 school year.
Dr. Tod Kline, superintendent, Dr. Tamara Willis, assistant superintendent, and Kathy McCool, human resources director, attended the event. The three talked about the importance of volunteers, continuation of the volunteer program and gratitude to Mrs. Champagne for service.