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March 16 - Students awarded for being RIGHT

On Tuesday, March 7, the Valley Central PTA /PTO Council celebrated its annual Founder’s Night and honored four community members with the council’s Founder’s Award and four students with the council’s R.I.G.H.T. award.


Julia, Autumn and Cali pose  The RIGHT (Role model, Initiative, Goals, Helpfulness, To make a difference in the community) award is presented to youth in Valley Central who have demonstrated an exceptional contribution within the community, with the belief that the positive deeds of VC youth will serve to enhance the quality and integrity of the entire community.


Sixth-grade Valley Central Middle School students Julia McKenna, Autumn Singleton and Cali White were nominated for the award by District Homeless Liaison and Backpack Snack Attack Coordinator Barbara Gravel. The trio meets with Mrs. Gravel weekly and assists with variety of fundraising efforts to support other Valley Central students. They have helped wrap Christmas gifts for needy students, stuffed mailboxes to promote fundraisers, performed clerical tasks to support the Backpack Snack attack and sold candy canes for the National Junior Honor Society and much more.


“These girls are kind, eager and always ready to help,” said Mrs. Gravel. “They have boundless energy and inspire those around them to be better people.”


Mary Kate Callahan  Valley Central High School senior student Mary Kate Callahan was nominated by Valley Central High School Family and Consumer Science teacher Rebekah Stoll. Last year, Mary Kate had wanted to give her fellow fashion classmates the opportunity to show off their hard work and organized a student-run fashion show.


“It was a great way to help students build their confidence and feel good about the trials and tribulations they had throughout the year,” said Ms. Stoll. “Mary Kate always works her hardest and always goes above and beyond with her helpfulness, kindness, respect and work ethic. She truly is a mentor to the other fashion students and is loved by them.”



Four Valley Central community members were presented with the Founder’s Award at the same event, a distinction which recognizes people who have positively impacted the youth of Valley Central.



Wenda and Kathy pose  Wenda Heaney & Kathy Lennon were nominated for their dedication of more than 40 years to the Walden Elementary School annual student craft fair.  




Stephen Kelley  Stephen Kelly was nominated for his dedication to our VC community and his management of the exceptional youth soccer program, Orange County Soccer Club (OCSC).  


Tim Hinspeter Tim Hinspeter was nominated for his dedication to our VC students through the VC Youth Football & Montgomery Little League.