Jamestown Public Schools announced Wednesday that the district’s total donation to the United Way Campaign for 2013 is $23,626 an increase of 57% over 2012. The two-week JPS United Way campaign, co-chaired by Superintendent Tim Mains and Jamestown Teachers Association President Chris Reilly, also increased the number of employees giving donations by 48% over 2012.
To thank employees for participating, Superintendent Mains and Mr. Reilly held a ceremony to honor the representatives who helped coordinate the drive, recognized the schools with the best performances, and awarded donated prizes.
“We are extremely pleased with the response of our employees,” said Superintendent Mains. “We asked that everyone give what they could and people really stepped up to help the United Way. All of the money stays in our local community and many of the programs that the United Way supports directly benefit our students and their families. Mr. Reilly and I are very thankful to the entire JPS family for their generosity.”
The top three Jamestown schools with highest donations for 2013 were: Jamestown High School ($4,863), Persell Middle School ($2,160) and Lincoln Elementary School ($1,805). The schools with the highest percentage increase in donations were: Lincoln Elementary School, Persell Middle School and Jamestown High School. The school that had the greatest percentage of employee participation was Bush Elementary School. The Administration Building donated $5,412.
A special thanks to school representatives who helped make the campaign a success: Stephanie Baker, Michelle Buttafaro, Mary Cook, Judy Haskins, Jay Grann, Lori Nystrom, Jen Panebianco, Chris Peterson, Denise Powers, Amy Vezina, Vicki Volpe, Jason Williams and Autumn Miller.
The Jamestown Teachers Association and Superintendent Tim Mains donated prizes for winners chosen randomly from all JPS contributors: Julie Livengood $25 The Pub gift certificate), Cassie Stronz ($25 iTunes card), Tim Mains ($25 Taco Hut gift certificate), Rob Olson (#15 iTunes card), Ellen Kennelley ($50 Forte gift certificate), Amy Vezina (($25 iTunes card), Elizabeth Johnson ($25 Honest John’s gift certificate), Eric Anderson ($15 iTunes card), Dale Weatherlow ($25 Hometown Grill gift certificate), Karen Peterson ($25 iTunes card), Victoria Rishell ($25 Shawbucks gift certificate), Sue Caronia ($15 iTunes card), DeeDee Schuver ($25 Game Time Sports gift card), Laurie Gedz ($50 Miley’s gift certificate), Dan Bracey ($25 The Pub gift certificate), Denise Heppeler ($25 Taco Hut gift certificate), Jennifer Conroy ($25 Hometown Grill gift certificate), Maria Mongitore ($50 Shawbucks gift certificate), Mary Cook ($50 Game Time Sports gift certificate), Joann Liffner ($25 iTunes card), Melissa Schrader ($50 Roberto’s gift certificate) and Patricia Hazenberg (iPad mini).