Release Date: 6/13/2017
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Longtime Southwest-area volunteer named BCPS Volunteer of the Year

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TOWSON, MD — When Diane Knight began volunteering at Campfield Early Learning Center, it was at the request of her niece and nephew, who attended the school.

“They asked me if I would start helping,” she said. “And I’ve never left.”

Now, more than 20 years later, Knight was recognized for her support and dedication, being named the 2016-2017 BCPS Volunteer of the Year.

Announced during a gala breakfast held this morning, Knight’s achievement focuses on her service to Campfield students, families, and staff. An active volunteer in preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten classrooms, Knight also regularly participates in the school’s “Food Pick-Up” events to distribute food to families in need. In addition, as PTA treasurer, Knight helps organize fundraisers, teacher appreciation luncheons, and other school activities. She also regularly volunteers in the main office, where she answers phones, makes copies, and collates the school’s monthly newsletter.

“I love the school,” Knight said. “I would do anything in the world for them.”

Knight’s commitment, however, also extends beyond Campfield. Last year, she was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award by Powhatan Elementary School. There, she assisted in classrooms, contributed to a school-wide fashion show for bullying and drug prevention, and annually boiled hundreds of eggs for students to dye before spring break.

In total, this morning’s breakfast gala honored 62 BCPS volunteers, including four other finalists. They were:

  • Ann Borsella, Berkshire Elementary School
  • Michael Beegan, Cromwell Valley Elementary School
  • Debbie Jackson, Parkville Middle School
  • Aundre Smith, Shady Spring Elementary School
Since 2014, BCPS has recognized its outstanding volunteers through annual gala breakfasts. This year’s breakfast, held at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, was emceed by Jordan Wilson, a 2017 Hereford High School graduate and the 2016-2017 president of Baltimore County Student Councils (BCSC), and Jake Turner, a Grade 10 student at Hereford High and the 2017-2018 BCSC president. It also featured performances by Sudbrook Magnet Middle School’s Jazz Ensemble and Sudbrook Swingers.

(Editors, reporters, producers – A photo of Knight accompanies this release. More can be found on the BCPS Flickr site.)

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