PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. -- Despite the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours of services at schools within the Pulaski County Special School District in the 2021-2022 school year.
Our PALS, people assisting local schools, are an integral part of the PCSSD community that include parents, grandparents, retirees, business partners, and so much more. Volunteers help with a wide variety of tasks to keep the school functioning and assist in each student’s success. During the 2021-2022 school year, our PCSSD volunteers contributed 17,672 hours!
Every year, there are four categories of awards given out to the district volunteers. Those categories recognize service at the elementary, middle and high school level.
Retta Patrick Awards: The Retta Patrick Awards are presented to individuals who have contributed the highest number of volunteer hours in the district’s elementary and high school level. The elementary school volunteer with the most hours (383) is Charnelle Joslin at Cato Elementary School. The high school volunteer with the most hours (181 hours) is Amber Henson at Joe T. Robinson High School. This is the first year for both volunteers to win this award.
Bob Reynolds Awards: Bob Reynolds Awards are given to the individual who has contributed the most volunteer hours in the district’s middle schools and to the middle school with the most volunteer hours per student. The middle school volunteer with the most hours (289 hours) is Demone Gillette from Joe T. Robinson Middle School. The middle school with the most volunteer hours per student is Joe T. Robinson Middle School. Robinson Middle has won the middle school volunteer award for more than ten years in a row!
Harold Measel Awards: Harold Measel Awards are awarded to the elementary and high schools with the highest number of volunteer hours per student. The elementary school with the most hours per student is Joe T. Robinson Elementary with an average of 15 volunteer hours per student. The high school with the most hours per student is Maumelle High School with five volunteer hours per student.