Granite District recently honored four volunteers who will become candidates for national recognition in the Outstanding School Volunteer Awards Program, sponsored by the National Association of Partners in Education.

National winners will be chosen by a blue-ribbon panel, and finalists will be honored at May ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla.The Granite nominees, who were recognized in a board meeting, are:

Joe Crown, who has volunteered for many years at Hartvigsen School for the handicapped. He has helped non-walking students participate in activities and donated personal items to the school library. He raised more than $2,000 to help Hartvigsen students participate in the International Special Olympic Games and also raised money for uniforms for swimmers and other athletes.

Ryan Hall, a ninth-grader at Granite Park Junior High School, has volunteered at Hartvigsen for two years, spending an hour each day with special needs students. He has helped the handicapped students learn to cross streets safely and to buy items at a store. He has also taken them on bowling outings.

Dierdre Paulsen organized a volunteer program to enlist adults to help English/language arts teachers by reading and critiquing student writing. Starting at her children's school, she expanded the program to other district schools. More than 15,000 hours have been donated to the project.

Warren Tate, president and owner of Tate-Brubaker Real Estate Co., has influenced local businesses to contribute in time and assets to the Granite Education Foundation. Tate helped organize the foundation and directed the first student art auction to supplement donations. In three years, the foundation raised $150,000 in in-kind donations and $250,000 in cash.