Plainville Community Schools’ volunteers Foster White, Susan Varano, and Robert Varano have been selected as this year’s school district volunteer award winners, and were honored at the annual volunteer recognition program held at Plainville High School on May 7.
The 2012-13 Dick Ronalter Mentor of the Year Award was presented to Foster White. This award is given to a volunteer mentor who has gone above and beyond in his or her role as an adult friend to a student. White, a Plainville resident for the past 40 years and a Board of Education member, joined the Plainville Community Schools Mentoring Program three years ago and is currently mentoring at the Middle School of Plainville. One staff member shared, said a press release from the Plainville schools, “Foster is inspirational and reliable. His dedication is evident. He always has fun and creative activities when he visits. He has built a special friendship with his mentee.”
White also has been a performing member of the Plainville Choral Society for over 30 years and has been the producer for the PCS Youth Theater for the past 26 years. In addition, he is a long standing member of the Board of Managers for the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA.
The 2012-13 Plainville Community Schools Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Susan and Robert Varano. The Varanos live in Plainville and have been active members of the Athletic Backers for the past 13 years. She has been a Plainville resident her whole life, and their three children are successful Plainville High graduates. Together they have run and participated in countless fundraisers for the Backers, as well as Plainville PARC. They have volunteered to run the concession stand for every sport, every season. They have volunteered with Project Graduation and the Boy Scouts of America. One staff member shares, said a press release from the Plainville schools, “They are the most modest, humble couple I know. At every event, they give service with a smile. They represent Plainville well.”
“Our volunteer program thrives because of kind, generous folks like Foster, Sue and Bob. We are fortunate for their support of our students,” said Plainville Community Schools volunteer coordinator, Sue Bradley.
“The celebration on May 7, and our volunteer program itself, are another shining example of the strength of the Plainville community and the central role our schools play in the community,” noted Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Kitching in a press release.