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2019 Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Jean Ellen Mayer’s 25 years of volunteer service was marked by optimism, unflagging energy, and a steadfast commitment to improving the learning environment for all students. She served in various positions at the elementary, secondary, and district levels. As an original member of the Strategic Planning Committee, she played an integral role in the development of the major tenets of the Strategic Plan. Jean Ellen remains an inspiration to all whose lives she touched.

As a tribute to the volunteer spirit of Jean Ellen, the Clarence District created the Jean Ellen Mayer Community Service Award, which is presented annually to a volunteer who has made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the Clarence Schools and the community.

The recipient of the 2019 Jean Ellen Mayer Community Service Award is James Hirt.

Jim retired from his teacher aide position at Sheridan Hill Elementary School in 2014 after 15 years of dedication to students, parents, and teachers. Since that time, Jim has remained active as a volunteer in the third and fourth grade science classes at Sheridan Hill. Jim is a former industrial engineer, and he assists with science experiments. Jim is an original member of the Strategic Planning Committee, where he continues to volunteer.

Jim has carried on the tradition of exhibiting a holiday model train display for the past 20 years at Sheridan Hill – running the trains in the foyer from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Jim also participates in fundraisers and assemblies at Sheridan Hill. He was a guest reader in the schoolwide Humphrey Reading Challenge and he played the sugar plum fairy at the annual Christmas party.

Jim also volunteers at the Harris Hill United Methodist Church making goulash twice a week, which is donated to the Friends of the Night People organization.

Jim is described by the teachers that nominated him as a decent, kind, giving man who has worked tirelessly with all his heart for the greater good.

It was an honor and privilege for Dennis Mayer, Brian Mayer and the superintendent to present the Jean Ellen Mayer Community Service award to Jim Hirt.

Superintendent Hicks also thanked the other volunteer groups that do so much for Clarence students--the Board of Education members, the PTO members and the CSEF.

See the slideshow below.