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Peoria Unified celebrates volunteers

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Adam Shoyer

More than 50 volunteers from Peoria Unified’s elementary and high schools were honored at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on April 13 at Foothills Fine Arts Academy. Over 3,700 volunteers generously contributed more than 60,000 hours to assist Peoria Unified staff and students during the 2015-16 school year.


The annual celebration allows Peoria Unified Governing Board members and district staff to give thanks to those who are kind enough to donate their time and skills to support Peoria Unified’s mission: Every Student, Every Day Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.


Peoria Unified celebrates volunteers Vote-4-PUSD-Kids-1-300x200As part of the event, the district gave the highest tribute to the following volunteers for their outstanding contributions:


  • Vote 4 PUSD Kids Committee
  • Faith Aron was presented the Arts Education Volunteer of the Year
  • Ferne Ridley was presented the Career and Technical Education Department Volunteer of the year
  • Adam Shroyer, High School Volunteer of the Year
  • Judy Burns, Elementary School Volunteer of the Year


In addition, select volunteers from each school received special recognition including a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift presented by the Peoria Unified Governing Board. These volunteers are dependable, dedicated, and cooperative and have an overall passion for public education. It is because of the strong support of volunteers that Peoria Unified students receive the highest level of personalized attention.


The top senior volunteers (65+) and the schools they volunteer at are: Jennifer Cooper from Apache; Lisa Westerfield from Copperwood; Dixie Kukral from Coyote Hills; Judie Boothe from Foothills; Marilyn Hernandez from Heritage; Myrna Chilese, Marshall Ranch; Carolyn Smith from Parkridge; Rita Rivette from Paseo Verde; Mary Lou Reisenbigler from Peoria Elementary; and Patty Henningsen from Raymond S. Kellis.


Top school volunteers include: Mandy Moore, Alta Loma; Jennifer Cooper, Apache; Adam Shroyer, Cactus; Brenda Price, Canyon; Vicki Howard, Centennial; Connie Eastlake, Cheyenne; Cathy Lybarger, Copperwood; Jennifer Griffin, Cotton Boll; Vivianna Starr, Country Meadows; Karen Vasquez, Coyote Hills; Teresa Zaddack, Desert Harbor; Becky Barshter, Desert Palms; Doris Hospelhorn, Desert Valley; Tamanna Alam, Foothills; Michele Corcoran, Frontier; Kanani Marble, Heritage; Jennifer Pettit, Ira A. Murphy; Beckie Knollhuff, Ironwood; Mia Delgado, Kachina; Debra Bias, Lake Pleasant; Lance Holtorf, Liberty; Dao Huynh, Marshall Ranch; Annrose Springer, Oakwood; Connie Runger-Flusche, Oasis; Candy Lai, Parkridge; Heather Phillips, Paseo Verde; Debra Bias, Peoria Elementary; Michael George, Peoria High; Taisey Higginbotham, Peoria Traditional; Sherri Gillett, Pioneer; Wendy Adams, Raymond S. Kellis; Sandi DePasquale, Sahuaro Ranch; Veronica Torres, Santa Fe; Josh and Selena Taegel, Sky View; Joyce Peterson, Sunset Heights; Jamie McKinley, Sun Valley; Silvia Navarro, Sundance; Sharon Gillam, Sunrise Mountain; Melissa Fry, Vistancia; and Julie Peugnet, Zuni Hills.


Volunteers and their family members enjoyed performances from the Foothills Fine Arts Academy vocalists, theater and dance students. Delectable dessert refreshments were sponsored by Rita’s Ice-Custard Happiness and Nothing Bundt Cakes.



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ONThe Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit