Three individuals were honored as St. Johns County’s 2017-2018 Outstanding School Volunteers of the Year at the 11th annual Outstanding School Volunteer reception held recently at First Coast Technical College. Cheryl Freeman, volunteer coordinator for the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) served as emcee and Superintendent Tim Forson announced the winners.
Rohan Bhargava, a senior at Allen D. Nease High School, is this year’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer. Rohan works tirelessly to ensure that students who need it get food on the weekends by helping pack and deliver Blessings in a Backpack bags at The Webster School. In addition, he created a food pantry there and participated in a back-to-school event to provide school supplies for students in need.
Diane Grant, from Creekside High School, is the district’s Outstanding Adult Volunteer. Diane created a welcome program that provides much-needed school information and helpful tips to new families. She has also implemented a student video contest with important topics such as mental health, safe driving, relationship issues, and conflict resolution among others. The contest is followed by a red carpet gala awards night for the winning students.
This year’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer is Norm Perkins from Otis Mason Elementary School. Norm has been volunteering for 11 years. He provides 24 hours of service per week in the Physical Education department, and more than 6,600 students have been impacted by him. Behavior referrals during PE are virtually non-existent due to his attentive on-the-spot coaching and support.
In addition, the SJCSD Family and Community Involvement Awards were presented to one elementary school and one secondary school for innovative school practices that increase family and community involvement. This year’s winners are Hickory Creek Elementary School and Pacetti Bay Middle School.
The SJCSD boasts more than 24,200 volunteers who contributed 257,843 hours of service to district schools this past year.