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Former School Board member Vicki Roy earns Burnsville’s Community Builder award

Longtime Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board Member Vicki Roy is among seven recipients of Community Builder awards presented by the City of Burnsville on Oct. 21.

Vicki Roy is presented the Community Builder award by (from left) Burnsville City Council Members Mary Sherry, Suzanne Nguyen, Bill Coughlin, Dan Kealey and Mayor Elizabeth Kautz.

The award started in 1998 and is presented annually to individuals, groups and businesses that have made contributions to build the Burnsville community and make lasting impact on the quality of life in the city.

Roy moved to Burnsville in 1976 and quickly became involved as a volunteer at her children’s schools, which led to 20 years as a member of the District 191 School Board.

“As a board member, she was committed to student achievement, determined to build support for the schools and unwavering in the pursuit of what's best for students,” said Superintendent Joe Gothard, in his nomination. “Since leaving the board in 2011, Vicki has continued her dedication to learners, especially as a champion for the youngest ones.”

Roy worked alongside 191 Community Education staff to secure donations to support the innovative "Ready! For Kindergarten," which instructs parents on preparing their children for success in school. She recently gave a presentation on “Ready! For Kindergarten” at the Minnesota School Boards Association.

Roy organizes the Rockin’ Reader program which boosts literacy by having District 191 elementary principals read their favorite books with children every week during the summer in Nicollet Commons Park. She also organizes District 191's involvement in Read for the Record, a national event focused on young learners. She recruits community members to read to students and also secures over 100 donated books so that readers can leave behind the book they read as a gift to the classroom.

Roy serves on the Board of Directors of Foundation 191, a non-profit organization created to enhance, enrich and expand educational opportunities within District 191. She also serves on the selection committee for the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame.

“Over the years, Vicki has had a tremendously positive impact on this community and is certainly deserving of this award,” said Gothard.

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Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:24