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East Greenbush Central School District recognized its 2015-16 Volunteers of the Year at Tuesday evening’s Board of Education meeting at Red Mill Elementary School. These selfless individuals were honored for giving their time and talent to make our schools more vibrant learning communities.

The evening began with the Red Mill 5th grade chorus singing “God Bless America” and “Over the Sea to Skye” under the direction of music teacher Jacqui Nagy.

During the volunteer recognition ceremony, each honoree was introduced and received a certificate and heartfelt thanks from Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle.

“They have given unselfishly of their time to work with staff, school programs or directly with students,” Dr. Nagle said. “We know that our schools and programs would not be as successful without volunteer support.”


Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School

20160420-volunteer-recognition-dpsJudy Markessinis

  • Volunteered in Lisa McDonald’s classroom for over 15 years
  • Makes math fun for students so they can understand challenging concepts with her support and guidance
  • The boys and girls look forward to the time she spends with them on a weekly basis


Green Meadow Elementary School

20160420-volunteer-recognition-green-meadowMonica Ray

  • Volunteered for the PTO After School Enrichment Program for the past eight years, serving as chairperson for the past five years
  • Under her leadership, the program has improved and expanded greatly with more than 125 students participating this year
  • Spends countless hours recruiting volunteer instructors, registering students, and communicating with PTO officers and faculty members to make this program successful


Citizen Genet Elementary School

20160420-volunteer-recognition-genetMaura Przybylek

  • Coordinates the PTO’s “Explore and Grow” after school enrichment program
  • This program provides exploration in a wide variety of topics and classes for approximately 250 students in four-week sessions in both the fall and spring
  • Assists Grade 4 students with additional math practice and homework help on Wednesday afternoons after school


Bell Top Elementary School

20160420-volunteer-recognition-bell-topDevon Baird

  • STAR Volunteer in Carol Adams’ kindergarten classroom for 13 years
  • Assists with Mrs. Adams’ student centers, files materials in students’ folders, and types schedules and planning sheets
  • Helps students while they are on classroom computers, organizes and prepares classroom supplies in order to optimize all available instructional minutes

Patty Persell

  • Supported numerous initiatives over the years at Bell Top Elementary School, including the yearbook, YMCA Night, Ice Skating and Spring Fling
  • Organized annual Education Fair where all 5th graders present their state projects and many other students share their work and talents
  • Vital member of Bell Top’s Wellness Team contributing to many staff and school-wide initiatives as well as being a tremendous resource for our staff

Donna Gruett (not pictured)

  • Volunteered in Melanie Lyte’s classroom for over 10 years
  • In addition to working with small groups of students, Donna helps to organize Mrs. Lyte’s annual 1st grade play and pancake dinner


Red Mill Elementary School

20160420-volunteer-recognition-red-millAngie Kirkland

  • STAR Volunteer for the past 20 years
  • Assists the school nurse, Mrs. Anne Warrington by filing and organizing materials
  • Angie’s up-beat personality, her smile and her positive manner have helped calm countless children and adults who have come to our very busy health office over the years

John Kaplan (not pictured)

  • Owner of Red Kap Sales, a supplier of Exxon/Mobil, has provided Red Mill with a total of $4,000 in grants over the past eight years to use toward math and science instruction
  • This funding has been used to purchase microscopes, safety goggles and equipment for the TV studio


Howard L. Goff Middle School

20160420-volunteer-recognition-goffAngel Schweigert

  • Volunteered for the PTO for the past five years, assisting with activity nights, Winterfest and serving as a chaperone on the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. field trips
  • Organizes the Winterfest raffle baskets which provides funding to defray the cost of field trips


Columbia High School

20160420-volunteer-recognition-columbiaJoe McCabe

  • Volunteered with the Columbia varsity wrestling program for the last 10 years
  • Retired U.S. Marine, school teacher and athletic director and a National Wrestling Hall of Fame member shares his experience with student athletes



20160420-volunteer-recognition-athleticsRichard Schwarz

  • Volunteered for Columbia All-Sports for 18 years, serving as the president for the past 8 years
  • Involved in many different activities including the Kickoff Barbecue, pasta dinner, homecoming dance and Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration


Curriculum & Instruction

20160420-volunteer-recognition-technologyArthur Sanderson and Mike Rubinstein (not pictured)

  •  Long term community members who have served on the District Technology Committee
  • They help develop plans for professional development related to technology, purchasing of instructional hardware and the submission of required New York State Department of Education Plans


School Business Finance

20160420-volunteer-recognition-budgetJanet Lento

  • Volunteered for the Budget Review and Advisory Committee since 2010
  • Provides positive input on budget discussions and current topics