Ciorra named ‘Exemplary Volunteer’ of year at volunteer appreciation event

Post date: Jul 02, 2015 5:46:33 PM

The Wells-Ogunquit CSD has named school volunteer Marcia Ciorra Exemplary Volunteer of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year. This was announced at the District’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social for District volunteers on June 11th. In 2014-2015, volunteers logged a combined 3,000 hours working in the District.

“She goes above and beyond expected volunteering,” commented Community Resource Coordinator Maryanne Foley about Ciorra who volunteers at Wells Elementary School. “Even if it is not her child’s classroom, Marcia is always willing to help other teachers with special projects.” It is Foley who has been receiving, training, tracking and assigning volunteers to their appropriate jobs for over twenty years.

“I wasn’t expecting an award but am honored to have been chosen,” commented Ciorra. “By volunteering I’ve had the chance to give something back to the community, and as a bonus I have the pleasure of getting to know the wonderful teachers and school staff at WES, as well as many of the kids who will grow up alongside my children.”

“Without you guys we would not be able to do what we do,” commented Foley, one of the speakers to address and thank the group for the work that they do. About 20-25 volunteers, as well as Foley, WES Principal Marianne Horne, WES Assistant Principal Ken Spinney, and Interim WOCSD Superintendent Jim Daly, attended this function.

“It takes a village and you’re a big part of that Village,” said Assistant Principal Ken Spinney to the group. District volunteers are made up of retired community members, parents, and students from Wells Junior High School, Wells High School and York County Community College.

According to Foley, volunteers give whatever time that they want as clerical, classroom, library and/or project assistants. Volunteers generally begin work in the fall and can be found throughout the year working in classrooms, the computer lab, the Art room, Library or wherever else they may be needed.

Foley pointed out that one significant project that Ciorra took on was to photograph and upload 1,500 pieces of student art work to Artsonia, a large online museum of student art work.

Foley wishes to thank Flowers by Christine in Wells for donating a flower arrangement for the volunteer appreciation event.

Anyone interested in volunteering through the School Volunteer Program should contact Maryanne Foley in September at WES at 646-5953, extension 4204.

In the photo (left to right) are Maryanne Foley, Marcia Ciorra and Interim Superintendent of the WOCSD Jim Daly

Volunteers for the 2014-2015 school year at the Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social on June 11th. Second from the left is Maryanne Foley and third from the left is WES Principal Marianne Horne