Springfield School Volunteers celebrated its 44th annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on June 5 at Western New England University with volunteers, board members, and friends of the organization filling the room to hear words of thanks and appreciation from Executive Director Denise Cogman. Entertainment included the talented Commerce High School Drum Line and the Gerena School Dancers. Food was prepared and served by students in the culinary shop at Putnam Vocational High School.
The lunch included speakers such as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick, who offered his appreciation to the hundreds of tutors, volunteers and mentors who visit schools throughout Springfield every week to help transform student’s lives. Among these tutors and mentors are many Springfield Public School employees who are offered work release time to volunteer. In fact, Superintendent Warwick is a mentor himself!
A special highlight of the lunch included remarks from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, who was nominated as a Mayor for Mentoring through Mass Mentoring's initiative. Mayor Sarno is a huge champion for mentoring and we are excited that his office is working with Springfield School Volunteers to develop a program where city employees will be able to mentor a youth in the Springfield Public Schools.