Thursday, May 24, 2018
Education

Video: Tampa school volunteer wins $10,000 award

A school volunteer at Just Elementary became $10,000 richer Friday, thanks to a simple mantra: Just Love.

Lynnette Henry is the 2013 winner of We Deliver, a reward for her extra efforts to help students, colleagues and the community. She was the counselor at Just Elementary Elementary when she started a program called Just Love, which is a partnership with Idlewild Baptist Church. The school works with the church to recruit volunteers to love, care for, provide support and mentor students, teachers and families.

Superintendent MaryEllen Elia made the presentation, which was also attended by School Board members, We Deliver past winners, selection committee members and Just Elementary School students and staff. The school is at 1315 W Spruce St., Tampa

Each year since the 2006-07 school year, Elia has surprised one employee with a $10,000 check presentation.

In March, an online nomination system was launched and the district received more than 280 nominations. A committee of district employees and community members reviewed the nominations and selected their top five. The winner was chosen from this selection.

Previous winners include a kindergarten teacher, migrant reading resource teacher, juvenile justice transition specialist, reading teacher, second grade teacher, and a speech and language aide.

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