PTAC marks Figueroa’s ‘Essence’

On Wednesday, June 6, at the Havemeyer Building, the Greenwich PTA Council Essence Award Recognition Ceremony was held to honor individuals who demonstrate excellence in volunteerism.

The Essence Award, in its second year, was created to acknowledge individuals who tirelessly and admirably work to better the Greenwich Public Schools, whether from a position of leadership or as a member of a team. The 2012 Recipient of the Essence Award is Wendy Figueroa, VP of Fundraising for the New Lebanon School PTA.

Ms. Figueroa is an active member in the PTA at New Lebanon School. PTAC said that thanks to her “tireless efforts” New Lebanon students have experienced enrichment programs such as the circus, African drumming, nature programs and social events. PTAC said this development work honors the many New Lebanon students who are not native English speakers by offering a key to the new land they are now living in.

Ms. Figueroa’s efforts extend beyond raising funds for the school the organization said. She was called “a community builder” for assisting new families acclimating by helping them with school registrations, summer school registrations, apartment leases and reduced lunch applications. Ms. Figueroa was nominated by New Lebanon Principal Barbara Riccio and “strives to have the community and the school work as partners.” The following individuals were also honored at the Recognition Ceremony for their contributions to individual school PTAs and PTA Council Committees: Julia Allan, Parkway School PTA; Judy Badia, Glenville School PTA; Camille Broderick, Green Schools Committee; Paula Daum, Parkway School PTA; Rianne Fernandez Staps, Central Middle School PTA; Teresa Ginsberg, Special Education Support Committee; Katy Massam, North Street School PTA; Kelly Schnabel, Parkway School PTA; Andrea Vaz and Marlene Gilbert, Western Middle School PTA; Wendy Yu, Old Greenwich School PTA and Dr. Lisa Zimmerman, International School at Dundee PTA.

Applications for the 2013 PTAC Essence Award can be found on the Greenwich Public School website under the PTAC tab.

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