5/15/2013 9:39:00 AM School honors outstanding contributors May 22
Each year, folks in the Harbor Springs School District gather to celebrate community members who are making profound contributions to the education and well-being of students. The annual GIVE celebration will take place this year on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
"It's a chance for us to say thank you, but also, a way to bring the community together to recognize just how special this place is," said superintendent Mark Tompkins. "We are so fortunate to have the dedication and care we have when it comes to our students, and this is a chance to be inspired."
This year's GIVE (Generosity, Inspiration, Volunteerism, and Excellence) recipients include Carol McKee's third grade class, Molly Ames Baker, the Harbor Springs Athletic Boosters, and Suzie Johnson and the Young Americans.
Each honoree is collectively chosen by the administrative team, Tompkins said.
Carol McKee's third grade class exemplifies Generosity, Tompkins noted, because of the tens of thousands of dollars they have raised for St. Judes in the annual Math-a-thon.
Molly Ames Baker is being honored for Inspiration. Her Learn Local initiatives have impacted many students in the district, from the SOLO (Special Outdoor Learning Opportunities) she does with middle school students to weekly activities in the elementary school.
"Molly is a perfect example of what happens when a community member has passion (and professional experience-- she and husband Josh ran Colgate's outdoor education program for over a decade) and is willing to share that with students, teachers, and administrators," Tompkins said.
He said the recipients of the Volunteer award-- the Harbor Springs Athletic Boosters-- are so dedicated that it's hard to quantify the difference the organization has made in the lives of student athletes.
"Every sporting event we have, members of the athletic boosters are there," he said. "I'm not sure you'd find a harder working bunch of volunteers anywhere."
For excellence, Tompkins said the award for Suzie Johnson and the Young Americans represents a growing partnership between the district and the performing arts organization.
"The Young Americans summer camp last year blew us all away and raised a tremendous amount of money for the arts in our district. We're so excited to see our connection to them continue to grow."
In between each recognition, event-goers will be treated to a performing arts showcase that will include the high school jazz band, and a number from the elementary school play, Seussical the Musical.