School-Related Employee Of The Year
Each year schools elect one employee who is not a teacher and who works behind the scenes to help students succeed. These school-based winners are narrowed down by a community volunteer group to determine the School-Related Employee of the Year. For 2018-19, this honor belongs to Caroline Pharmer, secretary at Forest High School. Pharmer received the award at a special breakfast banquet sponsored by the Public Education Foundation of Marion County. Other finalists this year included Tawnee Michewicz (Psychological and Social Work Services), Melissa Kittles (West Port High), Lachonda Lacey (Reddick-Collier Elementary) and Jason Hall (Sparr Elementary). Pharmer now advances to the state competition, which Marion County won just two years ago.
Celebrating Culture On The South End
Students and teachers at Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary study cultures around the world for weeks before presenting what they learn in the form of a World’s Fair. Hundreds of campus visitors line the bus loop to cheer on these students wearing native costumes, presenting cultural performances and participating in other activities particular to the country they’ve studied. It’s become a tradition after 33 years!
Foundation Holiday Fun
Staff members at the Public Education Foundation of Marion County don elf costumes, crazy hats and other holiday attire to provide “drive-thru” service just days before Christmas. These elves provided donuts, coffee and even hot chocolate to those passing through the area. Though it rained on this year’s event, it didn’t wash away the fun and laughter expressed by many.