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Huth Road Elementary School: Honorary life memberships presented

by jmaloni

Taken from the Oct. 25 Island Dispatch

Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm

The Huth Road Elementary School PTA presented Honorary Life Membership to Carolyn Thompson and Tracey Shickluna at a recent PTA meeting. Honorary life memberships are presented to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort on behalf of the welfare of children and youth.

Thompson was recognized for her work as an "honorary" member of Huth Road Elementary staff for years. She is the most requested substitute the school has had because of her attention to detail, flexibility in meeting the needs of the students and teachers, and her kind and compassionate yet commanding rapport with students.

She has volunteered as a member of the Shared Decision Making Team for more than four years, co-chairing for the past two. As a member of the team, she was instrumental in creating and implementing the "Huth Bowl," a pint-sized version of the high school Corporate Bowl for the Huth Bazaar. Last year, she spearheaded the creation of "Parent Support Videos" in response to the staff's request to improve teacher-parent communication and support for student learning. Thompson has an unassuming nature, a bright mind, and tireless energy. These are dwarfed only by her sharp focus on students and unending positive attitude.

Shickluna has worked tirelessly on the Enrichment Committee for years, meeting in the early morning for the teamwork and making numerous phone calls to set up the programs and assemblies. Her work has brought many events to Huth that have supplemented the curriculum and brought joy to the hearts of students. After being the parent chair, she stayed on as a parent representative. She brought to every meeting a warm, caring heart that put teachers and students in the forefront.

She was always willing to make calls and arrangements for programs so teachers could focus on their classrooms. She demonstrated an understanding of the demands of a teacher day and worked to assist in any way possible. Shickluna also served in a leadership role with the book fair, which helped make it a great success. She also volunteered for the report card committee, where she provided a much needed "parent perspective" to the teachers on the committee. She is both sharp in thought and kind in demeanor, which make her an asset to any team. If it's for kids, Shickluna is the first to get involved.

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