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Pine-Richland School Board members receive accolades for service

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
Pine Creek Journal
Hance PTO Co-President Cynthia Fela showed the PR school board the books that the PTO donated in appreciation of the PR School Board. Submitted

Parents, students and staffers came bearing gifts — from books to scholarships — in appreciation of the nine men and women who serve on Pine-Richland School Board.

The school directors' meeting last month included speeches of gratitude and presentations of T-shirts, cookies and other mementoes to mark the close of School Board Appreciation Month.

“It's amazing how many hours they put in. It's all volunteer (work),” said school district spokeswoman Rachel Hathhorn.

The gifts included a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating senior from Pine Richland Educational Support Professionals Association (PRESPA).

“On behalf of the 133 paraeducators, instructional assistants, personal care assistants, custodians, maintenance workers, secretaries and library assistants employed here in the district, we would like to wholeheartedly thank you for your unfailing dedication, not only to the students of the district, but to each and every employee as well,” PRESPA President Kathy Morrissey told the school board.

“Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to educate and nurture a student to reach his or her fullest potential,” Morrissey said.

Teacher Chris Vins of the Pine-Richland Education Association announced a donation of books from the teachers union to honor the board.

Heather Kisow of the parent teacher organization at Hance Elementary School and Jagriti Dashora of the parent teacher organization at Richland Elementary also announced donations of books from their respective organizations.

Pine-Richland Middle School students gave board members red American Heart Association T-shirts. Board members also received cards from students of art teachers Mary Anne Andreassi, Ramon Riley and Vince Thearle.

Pine-Richland High School Support Group honored the school directors with a donation to the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund.

Students in consumer science teacher Kathy Bylinowski's “Teen Living” class made and presented cookies.

“On behalf of the entire Pine-Richland School Board, I would like to express our gratitude to parents, teachers, students, administrators and support professionals who have shown their appreciation of the time and service given by each school board director,” said Peter Lyons, school board president.

“School directors serve side by side with parents, administrators and all employees of Pine-Richland School District, as we work together to fulfill our district's vision of helping every student realize their fullest potential,” Lyons said.

“It is humbling to receive recognition from the very groups and individuals on whom we rely so much to make this vision a reality,” he said.

“While none of us serves for the recognition, it is still truly warming to hear so many people say, ‘Thanks.'”

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or

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