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The 2013 Outstanding School Volunteers were honored Friday, Feb. 15, at Volusia County Schools' annual VIPS Recognition Day at New Smyrna Beach High School.
Diane Smith, school board chairman, said more than 18,000 volunteers provided 814,545 service hours during the 2011-2012 school year.
Kemon Long, a junior at Atlantic High School, won in the youth category. Kemon volunteered for his alma maters Turie T. Small Elementary and Campbell Middle Schools where he helped with special events and family activities.
Phyllis Butlien, a 13-year veteran volunteer nominated by University High School, received the Outstanding School Volunteer award in the adult category. She volunteers at four schools and averages 30 hours of service each week.
Edward Ehrenspeck was honored as Outstanding School Volunteer in the senior category. Affectionately known as "Rocket Man" at Burns Science-Technology Charter, Mr. Ehrenspeck provides exceptional curriculum enhancements made possible through his relationship with the Kennedy Space Center.
Also honored at the event were:
Science teacher Maureen Mack and volunteer Tammy Blackburn from Heritage Middle School with the Outstanding Elementary Teacher/ Volunteer Team Award
Music Teacher Craig Uppercue and volunteer Amy Uppercue from Freedom Elementary School with the Outstanding Middle-High Teacher/Volunteer Team Award
Campbell Middle School and Freedom Elementary School received the Parent Involvement Awards for programs that increase parent participation.
To volunteer at a school, call (386) 734-7190, 255-6475 or 427-5223, Ext. 38381.