5,800 VIPS Contribute $14.8 Million Annually

Thirty-seven years ago, the first dozen Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) began assisting children and teachers in two Long Beach Schools. Today 5,865 dedicated volunteers serve in local schools without receiving a penny. This month, each volunteer is receiving a certificate of appreciation at their school "for dedicated service and continuing personal commitment to our students and schools." Volunteers’ contributions have huge value. Based on average volunteer service of four hours a week during the school year, VIPS contribute 844,560 hours per year. At the national volunteer service rate of $17.55 per hour, this past year they gave more than $14.8 million in free assistance to our students and schools. During these lean times for public education, their work is especially important and contributes directly to student success. Honored by the VIPS board as Outstanding Volunteers In Public Schools for January were Roberta Baumann, Rogers; Gloria Fleming, Riley; Janatte Ibarra, Burroughs; Leigh Latimer, Hill; Sean and Rebecca McMullen, Fremont; Lucia Ortega, Henry; Amy Prager, Gompers; Evangelina Sanchez, Edison; and James Walton, Holmes. Honored in February were Alma Anguiano, Hamilton; Sherry Brown, Harte; Shelly Mendez, Newcomb; Maria Quintero, Lindbergh; Michelle Vaughan, Bryant; Brad Ward, Hughes; and Maria Zarate, Lee. Being honored as outstanding volunteers this month are Jackie Deak, Chavez; Laree Pernick, Jordan; Roshann Statum, Stephens; Brad Ward, Hughes; and Maria Zarate, Lee.