Priceless assistance to children
Phillip and Pam Grissom were shocked to tears by family, friends and colleagues Tuesday night at the Vance County Schools Volunteer/Business Partner Recognition Reception.
Unannounced to them, their family and friends had been invited to witness Aycock’s principal and two of their grandchildren present them the 2013-2014 County Volunteer of the Year Award for their contributions to Aycock Elementary School.
“You can’t describe the feeling,” Pam Grissom said. “To see all the smiles makes it all worthwhile.”
The Grissoms were honored for their donations of time and money to the school, and their sponsorship of key activities such as Lunch Buddies, Box Tops and Pennies for Patients.
“They are the most amazing couple,” said Laura Rigsbee, the principal at Aycock Elementary. “They are willing to do anything if you just ask. Children’s reading and math have really excelled because of their help. They are just amazing.”
The evening was a collective “thank-you” by the public school system for volunteers in all 15 schools in conjunction with National Volunteer Week. Each school’s top volunteers for the year were honored, along with businesses.
The Henderson Optimist Club was recognized for the top organizational volunteer award it received earlier this year from the school system at the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and banquet. The club had a major impact in schools through a water safety program, athletics and the development of scholarships.
“There is no way the schools could do many of the great things they do without your help,” said Terri Hedrick, emcee of the evening’s program and public information officer for the school system.
In addition to the individual school winners, more than 40 churches, civic organizations and businesses also received recognition during the event, which followed light refreshments and the Southern Vance High School jazz band’s tunes.
Superintendent Ronald Gregory and board of education chairwoman Gloria White extended their gratitude to all the volunteers in attendance.
“People like you are our backbone,” White said. “Indeed, we are strong because of you.”
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• Aycock: Pam and Phillip Grissom.
• Carver: Marion Perry.
• Clarke: George Davis.
• Dabney: Cissy Blasiman, Jack Richardson.
• New Hope: Luther Williams.
• Pinkston Street: Quon Bridges.
• Rollins: William Brodie.
• Yancey: Anparo Villalobos.
• Young: Brandy Pendergrass.
• Zeb Vance: Heather Tabor.
• Eaton-Johnson: Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church.
• Henderson Middle: Blakely Bates.
• Northern: Joanna Whittacre.
• Southern: Ray Meeks.
• Western: Barbara Dunston.
SHINING MOMENT PARTNERS
Chick-fil-A, Durham Herald-Sun, First United Methodist Church, Claude Kerley, Henderson Family YMCA, Henderson Optimist Club, Henderson-Vance Parks & Recreation, Middleburg Baptist Church, Northern Vance Teacher Cadet Program, St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Townsville Lions Club, United Way of Vance County, Vance-Granville School-Age Education, Walmart Distribution Center No. 6091, Warren County Cooperative Extension.
CHAMPIONS OF EDUCATION
Area Christians Together in Service, Carolina Quality-Burger King, Club 15, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, Island Creek Baptist Church, Life Line Outreach Inc., N.C. New Schools, Northern Vance Early Childhood Program, Rock Spring Baptist Church, St. Paul United Church of Christ.
FRIENDS OF EDUCATION
Julie Alliger, Bessie King Circle of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Michael Brafford, Carey Baptist Church, Brenda and Doug Child, Henderson-Vance Youth Services, Franklin Irvin, Bernadette Jefferson, Pat McGhee, Marie Newhouse, Plank Chapel United Methodist Church Women’s Group, Vance County NASA SEMA, Wester Insurance Agency, Woodland Garden Club, Youth Motivators.