VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 04/28/17 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 063 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

2017 Model Partnerships and Volunteers of the Year honored at citywide celebration

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students and staff benefit from the support of thousands of school volunteers and community partners each year. It is estimated that more than 23,000 individuals and 2,000 partners donated approximately 650,000 hours of service last school year.

At a citywide event April 27, VBCPS celebrated the importance of community engagement and recognized the dedicated service of 87 Volunteers of the Year and six Model Partnerships. Volunteers of the Year were selected by each VBCPS school and center for making a difference through their support of academics, athletics, activities and the arts. Model Partnerships were selected from nominations of exemplary school-community collaboration that supports the academic growth and social-emotional development of students.

The school division’s 2017 Model Partnerships are:

  • The Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium and Princess Anne Elementary
  • Bridge Church and New Castle Elementary
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. and Advanced Technology Center
  • DOMA Technologies, LLC and Linkhorn Park Elementary
  • Military Aviation Museum and Creeds Elementary
  • Norfolk Beekeepers Association and Kellam High School

From among the 87 Volunteers of the Year, the Virginia Beach Council of PTAs (VBPTA) selected the following elementary-level and secondary-level volunteers as the 2017 PTA Citywide Volunteers of the Year:

Suzanne Rosenblum, Bayside Elementary School: In her first year volunteering at Bayside, Rosenblum has had a weekly presence in the school library. She reshelves books, prepares materials and makes bookmarks for students, who also seek her out in the library on the days they know she is there. As a young adult who is deaf, Rosenblum willingly shares sign language with students eager to learn more. “It has been a win-win relationship as our students have used strategies to grow in their understanding of others with differences and learned to be more thoughtful in how they communicate, [and] we have seen Suzanne blossom in her own growth and development in engaging our students,” said Principal Catherine Brumm.

Jennifer Campagna, Plaza Middle School: As co-chair of the PTA Dance Committee, Campagna is known for her creative ideas to transform the school gym into a “creepy carnival” or a Mardi Gras celebration for themed dances. She has also volunteered her time and talents to support the girls’ basketball team, Hurricane Matthew relief efforts and holiday projects that support students and families in need. Principal Joe Burnsworth noted that Campagna emphasizes inclusion and equity when planning events to ensure every student can fully participate. “She touches lives and changes futures with her energy, creativity and compassion,” he said.

More information about the 2017 Model Partnerships and 2017 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 Meghan Raftery, school/community partnerships coordinator, at meghan.raftery@vbschools.com or 757-263-1799.

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