Granite School District PTA has honored volunteers, PTA officers, educators and others for outstanding contributions to children.
In a recent "Celebration of Excellence," the PTA presented accolades to James W. and Mary Ann White, who contributed $10,000 to the district for programs to enhance self-esteem education. White is general manager of Garff Enterprises (which also made a $20,000 contribution to the district) and is a member of the Granite Education Foundation board. The Whites received honorary life memberships in PTA. The Garff Enterprises donation created a computer laboratory at Orchard Elementary School, which was dedicated last month.Other honorees were Judy Gilbert, outstanding volunteer at Cottonwood High School; Principal Cyndy Cannell of Webster Elementary, the outstanding administrator; Joe Spendlove, Wasatch Junior High School social sciences teacher, outstanding secondary teacher; and Joe Novak of Webster Elementary, outstanding elementary teacher.
Honored for outstanding PTA performance were units in Valley Crest and Olympus Junior High School. Council awards went to Wasatch North for communication; Oquirrh North, reports; Junior High School Council, creative meetings; Oquirrh South, educational issue involvement; Senior High Council, membership increase; and Wasatch South, most improvement.
Skyline High School was honored for its outstanding writing program; Pioneer Elementary, outstanding reading program; Morningside Elementary, outstanding activity; Whittier Elementary, outstanding volunteer program; Meadow Moor, best program to increase school spirit; Cottonwood High, outstanding student recognition program; Churchill Junior, outstanding commission program; Bonneville Junior, outstanding newsletter; Webster Elementary, most creative membership ideas; Roosevelt Elementary, greatest membership increase.
Arbra Johnson, who has served two years as region director, presented awards, along with Granite Superintendent Loren G. Burton and associate PTA directors Kim Best and Catherine Pedersen.