volunteer_web.jpgSome 41,000 parents of students attending Broward County schools, along with senior citizens and representatives from the private and public sectors and members of community organizations gave an estimated 560,000 volunteer hours during the 2010-11 school year. Broward County Public Schools also reported that the volunteer hours were worth $11.9 million.

A total of 112 schools in the district met the criteria for the Florida Department of Education’s Golden School Award for outstanding volunteer programs.


Also, 12 secondary schools received the Silver School Award for exemplary student volunteer programs.


“It is my core belief that volunteers help schools perform at higher levels of achievement because of the knowledge and skills they bring into the school environment,” said Connie Wotton, community resource specialist with the district’s Parents, Business and Community Partnerships Department.


“It is also my belief that, by observing and assisting teachers and staff, volunteers become stronger advocates for education, both in their homes and throughout the community,” Wotton added in a statement announcing the achievement.


The schools that won Golden School Awards are Atlantic West Elementary, 30 awards; Bayview Elementary, 29; Beachside Montessori Village, one; Bennett Elementary, 20; Boulevard Heights Elementary, 25; Broadview Elementary, 28; Broward Estates Elementary, 23; Central Park Elementary, 22; Challenger Elementary, 10; Chapel Trail Elementary, 16; Charles W. Flanagan High, 11.


Also, Coconut Creek Elementary, 26; Cooper City Elementary, 26; Cooper City High, 15; Coral Cove Elementary, seven; Coral Glades High, seven; Coral Springs Elementary, 23; Coral Springs Middle, 19; Country Hills Elementary, 22; Country Isles Elementary, 24; Cresthaven Elementary, 29; Cypress Bay High, eight; Davie Elementary, 20; Deerfield Beach Elementary, 26; Discovery Elementary, two; Dolphin Bay Elementary, six; Driftwood Elementary, 18.


Also, Eagle Point Elementary, 17; Eagle Ridge Elementary, 14; Embassy Creek Elementary, 19; Everglades High, five; Falcon Cove Middle, 11; Flamingo Elementary, 31; Floranada Elementary, 29; Forest Glen Middle, 22; Fox Trail Elementary, 13; Gator Run Elementary, 11; Griffin Elementary, 31; Harbordale Elementary, 24; Heron Heights Elementary, two; Hollywood Central Elementary, 27; Hollywood Hills Elementary, 32; Hollywood Hills High, seven; Hollywood Park Elementary, 31; Horizon Elementary, 32.


Also, Indian Ridge Middle, 16; Indian Trace Elementary, 21; James S. Hunt Elementary, 30; Lakeside Elementary, 13; Larkdale Elementary, 14; Lauderdale Manors Elementary, 21; Liberty Elementary, eight; Lyons Creek Middle, 11; Maplewood Elementary, 30; Margate Elementary, 24; McArthur High, one; Mirror Lake Elementary, 32; Nob Hill Elementary, 29; Norcrest Elementary, 27; North Andrews Gardens Elementary, 21; Nova Blanche Forman Elementary, 31; Nova Eisenhower Elementary, 30; Nova High, eight.


Also, Oakland Park Elementary, 17; Oakridge Elementary, 25; Oriole Elementary, 10; Palm Cove Elementary, 19; Park Trails Elementary, 10;


Parkside Elementary, 11; Pasadena Lakes Elementary, 24; Pembroke Lakes Elementary, 31; Pembroke Pines Elementary, 28; Pines Lakes Elementary, 30; Pinewood Elementary, 30; Pioneer Middle, 13; Piper High, seven; Plantation Park Elementary, 27; Pompano Beach Elementary, 28; Pompano Beach Middle, 19.


Also, Quiet Waters Elementary, 20; Ramblewood Elementary, 31; Ramblewood Middle, 11; Rickards Middle, seven; Riverglades Elementary, 18; Riverside Elementary, 25; Sanders Park Elementary, 15;


Sandpiper Elementary, 25; Sawgrass Springs Middle, 14; Seminole Middle, 22; Sheridan Hills Elementary, 26; Sheridan Park Elementary, 29; Silver Lakes Elementary, 13; Silver Palms Elementary, 16; Silver Ridge Elementary, 23; Silver Shores Elementary, nine; South Plantation High, 19; Stephen Foster Elementary, 29; Stirling Elementary, 25; Stoneman Douglas High,  13; Sunset Lakes Elementary, nine; Sunshine Elementary, 24.


Also, Tamarac Elementary, 32; Tradewinds Elementary, 14; Village Elementary, 27; Virginia Shuman Young Elementary, 17; Walter C. Young Middle, 21; Welleby Elementary, 19; West Broward High, three; Westchester Elementary, 31; Western High, 22; Wilton Manors Elementary, 25; Winston Park Elementary, 22.


High schools that won Silver School Awards are Cooper City, 10 awards; Coral Glades, six; Cypress Bay, seven; Deerfield Beach, 10; Everglades, six; Hollywood Hills, seven; Nova, eight; Sawgrass Springs, 15; South Plantation, 18; Stoneman Douglas, 12; West Broward, two.


Sunrise Middle won two Silver School Awards.


For more information on how to serve as a school volunteer, contact your neighborhood school or visit www.gentinvolvedineducation.com, where a volunteer application is available.