VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 04/29/16 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 068 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

Volunteers of the Year and Model Partnerships honored at citywide celebration

Each year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) benefits from the support of thousands of volunteers and community partners who generously contribute their time, talents and resources to support students and staff. It is estimated that more than 23,000 individuals donated more than 658,000 hours last school year.

To recognize this importance service to the school division, VBCPS paid tribute to 86 Volunteers of the Year and 14 Model Partnerships at a citywide event April 28. Honorees were celebrated for devoting their time throughout the year to assist with academics, athletics, activities and the arts.

From among the exemplary Volunteers of the Year selected by each VBCPS school and center, the Virginia Beach Council of PTAs (VBPTA) announced the following elementary-level and secondary-level PTA Citywide Volunteers of the Year at the event:

Anne Bussiere, Christopher Farms Elementary School

Volunteering at Christopher Farms Elementary School since it opened in 1997, Anne Bussiere has served on many committees and in many classrooms over the years. More recently, she founded the school's Eco Club and shares her passion for gardening and wildlife with students regularly. Bussiere arranges for guest speakers; acquires plants, seeds and supplies; works with students to plant seedlings and weed school grounds; and plans activities to develop students' understanding of ecology and horticulture. "Her positive energy is contagious," said Principal Teri Breaux. "She gets so excited about learning and has a passion for teaching students through her love of nature."

Missy Dixon, Great Neck Middle School

Serving as Great Neck Middle School's PTA President is only one way Missy Dixon is supporting students and staff. Known as an all-purpose volunteer who leads by example, Dixon is the first to help with events, activities and programs and the first to thank and recognize the efforts of others. As a registered nurse, Dixon is an active volunteer in the school clinic, greeting students by name and showing compassion for their well-being and happiness. "She is not only a model of volunteerism and service, she is also an inspiring and amazingly humble individual who makes Great Neck Middle School and our community a better place," said Principal Gene Soltner.

In addition to its valuable volunteers, the division recognized the following 14 Model Partnerships for exceptional collaboration between the organizations and the schools/centers with which they partner to support student achievement:

  • CH2M Hill and Corporate Landing Middle School
  • EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program and Great Neck Middle School
  • First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach and Birdneck Elementary School
  • Lynnhaven Mall and Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • NEXCOM and Advanced Technology Center
  • Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia/CUFOT and Tallwood High School
  • Pungo-Blackwater Library and Creeds Elementary School
  • RRMM Architects and Kemps Landing/Old Donation School
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital and Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy
  • Tallwood High School and W.T. Cooke Elementary School
  • Virginia Beach Courthouse Rotary and Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development's GrowSmart program and Bayside, Point O'View and White Oaks Elementary Schools
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Green Run Collegiate
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Salem High School

More information about each one of the 2016 Model Partnerships and 2016 Volunteers of the Year will be available on the Partners in Education and Volunteers in Education pages on www.vbschools.com.

To learn more about these programs or related opportunities to support VBCPS, please contact Laura Smart in the Office of Community Engagement at (757) 263-1337 or laura.smart@vbschools.com.

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