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Board honors 6 contributors to district

Cheektowaga School Board members Tuesday night honored six individuals -- including three parents -- who have made significant contributions to the district.

The third annual awards recognized those who have helped the district in specific areas.
Carol Messina, a parent honoree, was recognized in the sports category for volunteering with the soccer boosters and organizing the wrestling boosters and wrestling team tournament.

Michele Palmer, another parent who was instrumental in establishing the music boosters and has been supportive of the K-12 music program, was recognized in the music category.

Carol Kiripolsky was recognized as a volunteer for her activities with the Parent-Teacher-Student Association and the Union East Parent to Parent group. She welcomes new families to the district and gives families rides to school functions when they don't have transportation.

Longtime teacher Gloria LaSota was honored in the school district committees for her involvement with the observance of the district's 50th anniversary.

Robert Reinstein was recognized for making a significant contribution to the growth of the district. He lobbied to gain support for centralization, is a past president and vice president of the board and helped formulate the first policies, rules and regulations for the board.

Junior Achievement of Western New York, which has worked with the district for years and supports the Middle School career fair, was honored in the agency/business category. Its shadow program allows students to visit the world of work.

Student Justina Hoerner, an active member of Challenge, a student leadership group dedicated to health and wellness, was recognized for her contributions to the community. The senior class valedictorian, she was involved with the sleep-out for the homeless, adopting needy families for the holidays and working with students and families affected by HIV/AIDS.


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