Grove City Record

District staffers honored with School Bell Awards

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Three South-Western City School District employees were presented with School Bell Awards at the Nov. 5 school board meeting.

"School Bell Awards are given to staff members in recognition for service to students, parents and community members above and beyond everyday job duties," board President Randy Reisling said. "We are always pleased to recognize our staff members for the impact they have on the lives of our students and families."

Nominations are submitted by district residents, parents or graduates. The awards are typically presented twice a year.

The latest honorees are:

* Holly Gilbert, assistant principal at Grove City High School.

Michele Paduchik, president of the Buckeye Woods PTA, nominated Gilbert, citing the "tremendous help" Gilbert gave to Buckeye Woods last school year.

Gilbert spread the word about the PTA-sponsored book fair resulting in many GCHS athletes and band students attending the event and sharing with younger students why reading was important to them. She also helped organized the Honor Guard for the retirement of a Buckeye Woods custodian.

"Holly is an invaluable resource at Grove City High School and I know that I can always count on her to get the job done," Paduchik noted in her nomination.

* Susan Gorman, intervention specialist at Finland Middle School.

Arlena Finley nominated Gorman for the "big emotional support" she gave her family and her son, Finland student Anthony, after he suffered a serious brain injury at the end of last school year.

Gorman often called and visited Anthony, on her own time, while he was in the hospital. She continues to provide support with visits now that he is home and serves as an advocate for Anthony.

"(She) has a very special bond with my son and she makes him feel so special," Finley wrote in her nomination. "She has made an impact on my son and she will always be remembered for how she has touched our lives."

* Deborah Perlenfein, technical liaison for Head Start.

Dustin McKinney nominated Perlenfein for the help she gave him when he was a seventh-grader at Pleasant View Middle School.

Perlenfein helped McKinney use a computer speech to text program called Dragon Naturally Speaking to complete his school work.

His nomination notes that she took the time to train him and also meet with his teachers to explain how he used the program to get his work done.

"Whenever I wanted to try to use new vision products, Ms. Perlenfein would demonstrate the items," McKinney wrote in his nomination, adding she also helped sign him up for Bookshare so he could read books at home.

"I knew I could count on her to be sure everything I needed was working."

Nominations for the School Bell Award must give specific reasons, beyond normal job duties, why an employee is being recommended for the award. They should also contain the full name, address and phone number of the person making the nomination.

The forms are available on the parent resources link on the district's website, www.swcs.us.

Nomination forms can be sent to the school principal, the employee's immediate supervisor, the district's communication services office (3805 Marlane Drive, Grove City 43123) or e-mailed to info@swcs.us with the subject line of School Bell Award Nomination.

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