Seven John Coskran Volunteer Awards will be presented in a ceremony in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on May 12.
"We thank these exceptional volunteers for the positive difference they make in our schools, programs and across the district," said Superintendent Joe Gothard. "Their dedication and support is extraordinary as they volunteer their time and talents to prepare our students to be future ready and to make our community strong."
All nominees will be honored during a public reception from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, at the Campus Cup Café at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. A brief program will take place at 6 p.m. A total of 42 nominations were submitted this year of individuals, pairs and groups — more than the usual number.
The awards will be presented during the Board of Education meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. on the same evening, also at Diamondhead.
Recipients of the 2016 John Coskran Volunteer Award are:
- Brilly Cabrera Carchi and Zoila Carrion, third graders at Vista View Elementary in Burnsville, who oversee the school's weekly book swap program.
- Bowls for BrainPower Leadership Team at Burnsville High School: Kara Odom, Win Vuong, Olivia Brammer, Lauren Borchardt, Aviva Leverty, Kristin Robinson, Annemarie Wells, Sabrina Carper, Lucy Mertens, Randy Hernandez, Claire Wentzlaff, Derek Pina, Cristian Pina, Danielle Fairchild, Niana Nguyen, Samantha Hoanglong and Andrea Delius.
- Jenny Peterson, a volunteer and community builder at Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville.
- Brad and Lori Schiller, volunteers who have supported several athletics programs both at Burnsville High School and in the community.
- Vicki Roy, who has volunteered for the past 40 years in District 191 in numerous ways including serving on the Board of Education.
- Bob Young, who tutors adults in the District 191 Community Education program and also volunteered with staff to develop mission and vision for program.
- Jen Waller, a Burnsville High School teacher who was instrumental in making #BurnsvilleStrong the supportive and positive community movement that it has become.
This is the 15th year of the awards which are named in honor of John Coskran, a long-time advocate for volunteerism who served 34 years at Catholic Charities and retired as associate director in 1993. Mr. Coskran, who also served as a member of the District 191 Board of Education, died in 2014.
For more information about the award or for information on how you can become a volunteer, go to the district website at www.isd191.org/volunteer.