Two Palm Beach County volunteers earn state Outstanding School Volunteer honors

WEST PALM BEACH – Two of Palm Beach County’s Outstanding School Volunteers for the 2015-16 school year are also being recognized at the state level for their volunteer work with the School District of Palm Beach County.

Bennett Ragan, the District’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer, and Sharyn Schneiderman, the District’s Outstanding Adult Volunteer, both were named the state’s 2015-16 Outstanding School Volunteer Award winners for Region V, which includes Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.

Ragan, a senior at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, was recognized for his work at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and Schneiderman was honored for her work at Spanish River Community High School.

The state’s Outstanding School Volunteer Awards recognize volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida. Awards are based on specific criteria related to the volunteer’s contributions, as well as the volunteers’ breadth of service and any creative or unusual aspects of their service.

Debi Elfen, District Volunteer Program Coordinator, is thrilled with the outcome. “Competition is extremely tough for these awards, but I firmly believe that we have exceptional volunteers in our district,” Elfen said. “Each year we have winners at the state level and I am so proud that Palm Beach County shines as the incredible district we are! In fact, no district has won as many awards.”

Winners will receive a congratulatory letter from Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart and a plaque of commendation presented at the 2016 Volunteer & Business Partnership Recognition Awards Breakfast.

“School volunteers are a crucial part of the school community and deserve to be commended for donating their time to making school a great experience for Florida students,” Commissioner Stewart said. “I am so appreciative of these individuals, and I want to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a school volunteer to contact their school district and learn how they can make a difference in local schools.”

To learn more about the Volunteers in Public Schools program, visit the District’s Volunteers page online or contact Debi Elfen at (561) 434-8789.