The Gift of Time was the theme of the 2011 Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Celebration that honored 14,522 school district volunteers. This year alone, more than 718,000 volunteer hours were gifted to Katy ISD campuses. This brings the total volunteer hours given to Katy ISD to more than 6.2 million since 2000.
“Based on the average U.S. income, the amount of hours donated to schools each year is worth about $15 million,” says Janet Theis, Katy ISD Partners in Education. “Many campus activities would not take place if it weren’t for the dedication of this community, and this is why our volunteers are so extremely valuable. As a district, we are truly thankful for their continued support.”
Each year, Katy ISD campuses salute their volunteers by selecting a campus “Volunteer of the Year.”
Announced at the VIPS Celebration were the 2010-2011 Campus Volunteers of the Year: Monica McDivitt, Alexander Elem.; Michael Darling, Bear Creek Elem.; Cecilia Heh Suen, Beck JH; Cynthia Rodriguez, Beckendorff JH; Mary Carroll Benson, Cardiff JH; Mirta Dos Santos, Cimarron Elem.; Sherrie Cooke, Cinco Ranch HS; Tracy Carey, Cinco Ranch JH; Lisa Madrigal, Creech Elem.; Linda Ames, Exley Elem.; Paulina Gonzalez-Nossa, Fielder Elem.; Athena Vargas, Franz Elem.; Samantha Hilton, Golbow Elem.; Kimberly Guidry, Griffin Elem.; Ezy Dampman, Hayes; Wendy Freaney, Holland; Ginny Williams, Hutsell; Roslyn Anderson, Katy Elem.; David and Teresa Wert, Katy High; Edna Rokoski, Katy Junior; Becky Morris, Kilpatrick; Tammy Jones, King Elem.; Lisa Martinez, Mayde Creek Elem.; Kina Tebo, Mayde Creek HS; Vannel McCaslin, Mayde Creek JH; Deborah Foreman, McDonald JH; Maxx Roopchand, McMeans JH; Gregg Scott, McRoberts Elem.; Jami Pruett, Memorial Parkway Elem.; Beverly Spaulding, Memorial Parkway JH; Jennifer Perez, Morton Ranch Elem.; Jeri Flores, Morton Ranch HS; Josie Davis, Morton Ranch JH; Cathy Berner, Nottingham Country Elem.; Holly Winchester, Pattison Elem.; Jan Henson, Rhoads Elem.; Natalie Boyd, Rylander Elem.; Anina Porter, Schmalz Elem.; Anne Marie Barrios, Seven Lakes HS; Danielle Nuckolls, Stanley Elem.; David Flores, Stephens Elem.; Toni De La Torre, Sundown Elem.; Pete and Cheryl Gavrel, Taylor HS; Neil LeBlanc, West Memorial Elem.; Shirley Coffey, West Memorial JH; Jill Wojciechowski, Williams Elem.; Susie Price, Winborn Elem.; Jan Evans, Wolfe Elem.; Tiffany Hoffman, WoodCreek Elem.; and Stephanie Knight, WoodCreek JH.
Katy ISD enjoys the support of volunteers who contribute significantly both to the district and their home campuses. VIPS is administered by Partners in Education, the Katy ISD department that brings the community into the classroom. For more information about Partners in Education, visit www.katyisd.org.
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