The Evanston/Skokie Council of PTA’s presented awards Monday night to two outstanding parent volunteers during the District 65 Board meeting.

Stephanie Kulke, mother of two students at Dawes Elementary School, was cited for chairing and coordinating numerous committees at Dawes, contributing to communications, event planning, solicitation of donations, and her efforts to ensure that all students have access to the arts.

Lisa Deacon, mother of students at Dewey Elementary School and Nichols Middle School, was recognized for raising money for the Dewey library, tutoring in literacy, and her work with the Dewey Edible Garden and districtwide educational programs promoting composting.

The two were designated winners of the Phyllis Ganser 2013 PTA Volunteer of the Year Award.

Superintendent Hardy Murphy noted that the award, an annual event since 2001, recognizes those who exhibit a commitment to the PTA goal of promoting the welfare of all school children, a willingness to work in any capacity, even behind the scenes, a spirit and enthusiasm for volunteer work, and the ability to engage and involve other volunteers

.Above: Board President Tracy Quattrocki with award winners Deacon and Kulke.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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