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Exceptional Volunteers Honored

Dedicated.  Generous.  Selfless.  Those are just a few of the words used to describe the 59 people honored as the Cherry Creek School District’s 2011 Exceptional Volunteers. 

They include parents and grandparents, businesspeople and retirees; people who have spent countless hours volunteering in classrooms, serving on committees, organizing events, and working behind the scenes in myriad ways to support Cherry Creek students and schools.

“These remarkable people exemplify the educational excellence of our district,” said Superintendent Mary Chesley.  “We are surrounded by good and smart people who come together every day to raise 50,000 students to heights beyond our own.”
The 2011 Exceptional Volunteers were nominated by every elementary, middle and high school in the district.
Cherry Creek High School selected Karen Fisher as its 2011 Exceptional Volunteer:
“Karen has been involved in Red Ribbon Week, Youth Advisory Board, PTCO, various task forces, and was instrumental in the planning of the first Future Bruins’ Day.  In addition to work at the school, Karen is also involved in work at the district level in the form of the Family Wellness Summit and the First American State Bank Fitness Festival.
Anne Langlett is the Exceptional Volunteer from Laredo Middle School.  “It is extraordinary to have a volunteer who works tirelessly at a school that her own child no longer attends, but that is what Anne Langlett does. She is an AVID tutor, created a display case for our AVID revalidation visit, is a dedicated volunteer in our Academic Support Classes, and contributes in countless other ways.”
Aspen Crossing Elementary named Joe Minkiewicz as its 2011 Exceptional Volunteer.  “’Mr. Mink’ as our students call him, is a diligent and delightful fixture at our school. He helps teach math to fifth graders, reads with the kindergarteners and first graders, and is a mentor and general ‘go to guy’ for our school PBS team.”
These dedicated people were recognized by the Cherry Creek School District and Parents’ Council during the 2011 Exceptional Volunteer Event, held Thurs., April 28, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. 
Each honoree received the Wendy DeBell Exceptional Volunteer Award, named after long-time volunteer and former Board of Education President Wendy DeBell.
Congratulations to all of the Cherry Creek School District’s 2011 Exceptional Volunteers!
School Honoree
Antelope Ridge  Danya Green
Arrowhead   Jeff and Lisa Downing
Aspen Crossing  Joe Minkiewicz
Belleview   Joni Fish
Buffalo Trail  Heidi Fuller
Campus MS  Wendy Freyschlag
Canyon Creek  Kristie Hubbard
Challenge  Kimberly Cleveland
Cherokee Trail HS Joseph Duhon
Cherry Creek HS  Karen Fisher
Cherry Hills Village Amy Reilly
Cimarron  Stephanie Pacelko
Cottonwood Creek Katherine Bentler
Coyote Hills  Det Bonner
Creekside  Nina Young
Dakota Valley  Joelle Behning
Dry Creek  Chris Fisher
Eaglecrest HS  Bill Van Patten
Eastridge  Kristen Kraus
Falcon Creek  Sam Morrison
Fox Hollow  Kelley Goodman
Fox Ridge MS  Kathy Moody
Grandview HS  Berthie Ruoff
Greenwood  Julie Strain
Heritage  Nicol Ray / Marnie Bachman
High Plains  Lisa Maroney
Highline  Sheryle Hutter
Hollys   Johnna Peters
Homestead  Corby McGrath
Horizon MS  Holly Andre
Independence  Tauna Fritts
Indian Ridge  Dawn Michael
Laredo MS  Anne Langlett
Liberty MS  Cheryl Maher 
Meadow Point  Avery Jackson
Mission Viejo  Rose Ann Bershenyi
Overland HS  Rheda Gerlock
Peakview  Cassandra Parker
Pine Ridge  Ann Makowski
Polton   Vicki Tucker
Ponderosa  Morton Stein
Prairie MS  David Reed
Red Hawk Ridge  Rachel Reeves
Rolling Hills  Ray and Diane Wachter
Sagebrush  Hadiza Garvis
Sky Vista  Carey Rich
Smoky Hill HS  Lori Burns
Summit   Renee Ellison
Sunrise   Claudine Pruitt
Thunder Ridge MS Kim Gearhart
Timberline  Katherine Aschenberg
Trails West  Gina Bednarz
Village East  Mary Lou Rogers
Walnut Hills  Christa Friedman
West MS   Christine Tesmer
Willow Creek  Carleen Krening
Posted 5/12/2011 3:58 PM
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