Rochester Community Schools ‘Sparkle’ with Appreciation

Where can you find RCS students from Pre-K through Post-High School, along with their parents, teachers, administration and support staff, all in one place brimming with pride, love, and joy — “The Sparkle Awards!”

Sparkle AwardsRochester Community Schools Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) held their annual Special Education Appreciation Evening, otherwise known as “The Sparkle Awards” on March 18 to a packed house at Stoney Creek High School. For 22 years, the awards have celebrated and honored outstanding efforts of those who work within the Special Education community on behalf of students with different abilities.

PAC received nominations from parents, fellow teachers, support staff, and even students themselves, telling the story of why they felt their nominee shines above the rest. Each nomination received was given recognition for their outstanding service at the ceremony – over 225 nominations in all! Among each nomination category (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School, Post- High School), a special recognition award was then given to one particular nominee who exemplified the idea of what Sparkle Awards are all about… those who truly go above and beyond for the students they work with. The recipients were awe-inspiring: from teachers, to para-professionals, to bus drivers; the entire nominating family shared their stories with the audience.

From the welcoming “Thank you!” parade of students opening the evening, to the inspiring vocal solo by Stoney Creek High School senior, Sarah Sandelands, families in attendance were there to thank those who care for and educate our children with special needs.


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