Two School District of Palm Beach County volunteers were recently honored at the state level by the Florida Department of Education as Outstanding School Volunteers. Kayla Abramowitz from William T. Dwyer High School was recognized in the Youth category and Terri Priore from Palm Beach Central High School was the top Adult volunteer.
Abramowitz was previously recognized as the School District’s Outstanding Youth School Volunteer. She is the founder and CEO of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, a non-profit organization that donates items to children in the hospital. Abramowitz started her non-profit at the age of 11, and her efforts have inspired many of her classmates. She began the initiative by collecting entertainment and educational items to donate to children’s hospitals.
She now has the help of ambassadors in 12 states and has recruited hundreds of student volunteers in Palm Beach County and numerous businesses throughout the country to support the mission. Kayla Cares 4 Kids has donated nearly 15,000 items to 425 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald houses in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Terri Priore was the School District’s Outstanding Adult School Volunteer, and she has served in several different schools throughout the District since first volunteering at Binks Forest Elementary 18 years ago. She has held several executive positions with parent teacher associations at various schools, served on the Student Advisory Council and was a Five Star School Coordinator for 13 years.
Priore also created the framework for annual fundraising events that have raised over $40,000 per year for schools. She has also served as room mom and joined committees that oversee Project Graduation, book fairs, dances, carnivals, Food for Families, and blood drives.
The annual Outstanding School Volunteer awards are presented to students and adults who donate their time to further enhance the hard work taking place in Florida’s K-12 public education system. Awardees receive a congratulatory letter from Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart, and a mounted certificate.