VOY/PIE Awards

WCPS Volunteer of the Year/Partner in Education Awards
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS Volunteer of the Year/Partner in Education AwardsOn Thursday, April 27, Wayne County Public Schools presented its 2016-17 “Terry Eugene Pilkington Volunteer of the Year Award” to Teri Johnson, an Eastern Wayne High volunteer, during a district reception held at North Drive Elementary School.

Mrs. Johnson has invested more than two hundred volunteer hours supporting EWH students and staff through school beautification efforts, fundraising support, and personal donations. Mrs. Johnson has often been seen painting windows and doors at the school, and even repainted over one hundred poles that hold up sidewalk awnings. She has coordinated teams of volunteers to clean up the school gym and locker rooms, and has worked with student groups to paint areas of the campus on Saturdays. Even on the hottest days, Mrs. Johnson can be found beautifying the campus weeding or planting plants that she purchased.

“Mrs. Johnson’s work has created a sense of school pride and students are taking care of the areas of campus that she has helped improve,” says Lee Johnson, EWH principal. “I have never seen a parent or volunteer who was willing to treat the school as their own home, spending hours working on the campus when she could be home with her family or enjoying her time off.”

The WCPS Volunteer of the Year Award is given in memory of Terry Eugene Pilkington who worked for the district for 20 years. During that time, he coordinated the Volunteer of the Year program and believed strongly in the spirit and importance of volunteering.

The list of 2016-17 school Volunteers of the Year include: Karen Barkhurst, Brogden Middle; Latorsha Carr, Brogden Primary; Ginger Waller, Carver Elementary; Shelby Benton, Carver Heights Elementary; Tangela Faulkner, Charles B. Aycock High; Deacon Rebecca Bean, Dillard Middle; Kate Snodgress, Eastern Wayne Elementary; Teri Johnson, Eastern Wayne High; Paige Nunn, Eastern Wayne Middle; Terry Daily, Edgewood Community Developmental; Tamara Munoz, Fremont STARS Elementary; Ravonda Jacobs, Goldsboro High; Johnnie Casey, Grantham Elementary; Kristal Bennett, Grantham Middle; Shanyua Moore, Greenwood Middle; Rev. Colby Leonard, Meadow Lane Elementary; Linda Blokland, Mount Olive Middle; Virginia Brown, North Drive Elementary; Bob Julian, Northeast Elementary; Mache Harvey, Northwest Elementary; Shelley Radford, Norwayne Middle; Cliff Grice, Rosewood Elementary; Sherry Jones, Rosewood High; Scott Albert, Rosewood Middle; Kristal Jones, Southern Wayne High; Vicky Griffin, Spring Creek Elementary; William O’Hara, Spring Creek High; Jonathan Hardison, Spring Creek Middle; Megan Graham, Tommy’s Road Elementary; Angelia Jones, Wayne Early/Middle College High; Mya Cox, Wayne Middle High School Academy; and Taylor Meig, Wayne School of Engineering.

At the reception, school officials also recognized its top Partners In Education. Since 1995, the Partners In Education program has allowed businesses and organizations to make significant contributions to schools by donating time, expertise, materials and funds. The district currently has approximately 175 Partners In Education.

The annual P.I.E. Awards were given in the following categories – Small Award (business/organization with 1-15 employees or members), Medium Award (15–50 employees or members), and Large Award (more than 50 employees or members).

Buck’s Fire Extinguisher, which was nominated by Northeast Elementary School, received the award in the small partner category. Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, which was nominated by Dillard Middle, received the award in the middle partner category. Providence United Methodist Church, which was nominated by Grantham Elementary, was recognized in the large partner category.

Following the P.I.E. and Volunteer of the Year awards, Ken Derksen, Coordinator of the P.I.E. program, announced that the P.I.E. Steering Committee had created a new award category for this year, the “Olivia Whitfield Pierce Distinguished Partner Award.” To be nominated, a partner must have demonstrated a lasting dedication and ongoing/continued partnership over time (five or more years) to support students and staff at the nominating school.

“Mrs. Pierce coordinated the Partners In Education Steering Committee for over 15 years and was instrumental in building the program into what it is today,” stated Mr. Derksen. “During her tenure, Mrs. Pierce embodied the qualities of cooperation and partnership as she sought to build a bridge between schools and community partners in order to garner greater resources and supports for our students and staff. I am excited that the Partners In Education Program can honor her efforts and those of our most distinguished partners through this new award.”

The first annual “Olivia Whitfield Pierce Distinguished Partner Award” was presented to Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, which had been partnered with Dillard Middle since 2010. The church holds an annual luncheon for staff, provides monthly treats to staff and fulfills classroom needs lists, and provides weekly mentoring to a group of students.
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