School Board Recognizes Top Partners & Volunteers

School Board Recognizes Top Partners & Volunteers
Posted on 06/11/2018
The Suffolk School Board and Suffolk Public Schools recently recognized the top five Partners-in-Education for 2017-18 and the top three volunteers for the year. This year, throughout the 20 schools and programs/centers – a total of 84 unique organizations served as partners-in-education.  Right now, SPS benefits from more than 4,400 registered volunteers.  Since last July, the number of volunteer hours logged in the Volunteer Connect system totals 7,350 hours of donated time. According to the Independent Sector Network, these logged hours are equivalent to a $181,500 financial contribution to Suffolk Public Schools.
  • Suffolk Sheriff's Department - nominated by Elephant's Fork Elementary School  ...   The Sheriff’s Department has committed to having its deputies visit each of our 11 elementary schools every day, coming by to check on teachers and staff and to build relationships with students.  Throughout the division, they have logged more than 650 volunteer hours in our schools.   At Elephant's Fork, in addition to organizing holiday toy donations, they teamed up with Walmart and local churches to upgrade the playground equipment for Kindergarten and Early Start students.  Each Thursday, they send two volunteers to tutor first grade students in reading.  

  • Sheriff's Staff Accepts Partner-in-Education Award  LHS student volunteers receive award.

  • Lakeland High School's Rho Kappa Honor Society - nominated by Kilby Shores Elementary School ...   These high school students visit the elementary school twice a month, working with Early Childhood classes, helping first-graders reach their Accelerated Reader goals, serving in the Santa Shop, and helping third-graders with the annual exploding pumpkins experiment.  This year, Rho Kappa members logged more than 430 volunteer hours.
  • Suffolk Fire & Rescue / Engine 6 - nominated by Hillpoint Elementary School  ... These firefighters have designated Wednesdays as their day to be at Hillpoint.  When they arrive they check-in and usually head to the gym to assist the PE Teacher and work with students.  They have visited with students at lunch, help at special events such as Field Day, and bring the fire trucks and apparatus on Career Days.  Suffolk Fire & Rescue has been long-time Partners-In-Education with schools across the city …. And this year, different units partner with 10 of our elementary schools.

  • Zion Community Church - nominated by John Yeates Middle School  ... Once a month, they bring volunteers to cover all lunch shifts (10:00 am - 1:40 pm) so that teachers can have a duty-free lunch.  On that day, even more volunteers bring and serve teachers and staff a special lunch. The volunteers provide additional support to our guided reading groups in eighth grade English classes. The men of the church work with the male student mentoring group. This year, Zion surprised teachers and staff with a free Teacher Appreciation gala at a Harbour View area hotel.

  • College Drive Walmart - nominated by Creekside Elementary School  ... The store supports students year-round through their outreach program "Blessings in a Backpack," which provides non-perishable food items for about 20 students each weekend.  In addition, Walmart manager Rosa Copeland has donated school supplies, gift items, and equipment to support several school activities, such as the Girls with Pearls etiquette and leadership club.


  • Sylvia Polliard has been a tireless volunteer at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School for many years.  She has spread a love for reading with countless students in that time through her work in the school library.  She scours library shelves to find books that align with the curriculum, brings puppets from home to engage the students during story time, helps students to achieve their AR goal, and encourages them to become independent readers.  Ms. Polliard has logged more than 350 volunteer hours this school year.

  •  Barbara Hoyt has logged 540 volunteers hours this school year at Northern Shores Elementary School.  She too faithfully volunteers almost every day in the library, shelving, labeling and repairing books.  The media specialist calls her “my right hand man”, saying “I don’t know what I would do without her generosity of time and quoting Seth Parker, “You may not have a lot of money, but if you save a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich person.”  The school says, in their mind, Barbara is the richest person they know.

  • Jennifer Davis has logged 560 volunteer hours this year at Pioneer Elementary School.  A dedicated weekly library volunteer for several years, Ms. Davis stepped up to serve as PTA president this year, and worked with parents, students and staff to ensure the success of many wonderful events at Pioneer.  She has been unwavering with her continuous dedication to provide the best for our school.  In addition to her work at Pioneer, she also serves as a volunteer and board member for many organizations in our community.  


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