Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020
Volunteers Recognized for Valuable Service to Schools
Greenville County Schools is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 20-24, 2020 as a way to recognize the enormous contributions of school volunteers. The annual GCS Volunteer Spotlights honor five individuals who give their time, talent, and treasure to improve our schools and make a positive impact on students, staff, and school programs. In recognition of their contributions and service, Michelin will provide each recipient with a complimentary set of tires.
Robert Vincent, Cherrydale Elementary School
Pastor Robert Vincent of Mount Calvary Baptist Church plays an integral role in connecting the community with Cherrydale Elementary School. He serves as a member of the School Improvement Council and Title I Planning Committee, where he brings a wealth of ideas. Pastor Vincent directs the school’s Released Time program, transporting students to church weekly for services, tutoring, and a light meal. He also coordinates volunteers who provide tutoring and translation services.
Sharon Clark Totherow, J. L. Mann High Academy
While she currently does not have a student at J.L. Mann Academy, Sharon Totherow spends the better part of each day volunteering at the school. She serves as the Patriot Pantry School Store director, researching and documenting each item to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Her meticulous record-keeping is recorded in a manual that she shares with other GCS schools. Bus drivers regularly stop by the school store each morning to enjoy free coffee as Mrs. Totherow’s token of appreciation.
Lee Katherine Herczogh, Mauldin High School
Mauldin High PTSA President Lee Katherine Herczogh is not only instrumental in supporting a plan for student scholarships, but also ensures the school’s Mav Market is profitable and meets federal guidelines. Mauldin High’s school culture is improved thanks to Ms. Herczogh’s efforts as she coordinates thank-you luncheons and holiday gifts for staff as well as finds books for students enrolled in dual credit courses.
Gordon Dill, Lakeview Middle School
Gordon Dill’s positive, caring, and encouraging attitude is making a difference in a special needs classroom at Lakeview Middle School. His weekly visits include tutoring math and reading and mentoring students in life or social skills. He encourages students, building their confidence and makes learning fun. He’s invited students to Channel 7, where they are delighted to watch Jack Roper do magic tricks! He is a speaker during Career Day, encourages students with kindness and patience, and brings hope and encouragement wherever he goes.
Scott Catoe, Slater-Marietta Elementary School
Scott Catoe, senior minister at Slater Baptist Church, has served as chair of the Slater-Marietta Elementary School Improvement Committee for two years. With ready access to the community, he has been able to get items donated or at significant discount for the school. When the school hosted an event to celebrate student accomplishments, he provided donated inflatable slides. Pastor Scott’s relationships have allowed him to provide free meals for a Reading Counts Summer Celebration. His church also allocates funds to help with students’ needs.