Wakefield Educational Foundation
WEF would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2014 local sponsors for their generosity in support of our special event:
Billy’s Famous Roast Beef
Christopher J Barrett Realtors
Hinchey Brothers Plumbing
Lisa’s Family Pizzeria
MacNeill's Auto Repair
One-on-One College Consulting
The Savings Bank
The prestigious Skulley Award honoring the late William C. Skulley, Jr. was presented to Dr. Kimberly Smith, Wakefield High School Principal. This award is given each year in honor of William C. Skulley, Jr., a Wakefield attorney and esteemed School Committee member. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to enhance the educational experience for our students.
Dr. Smith was recognized for her dedication, professionalism and commitment to Wakefield Public Schools. For over 25 years, Dr. Smith has been dedicated to the students at WHS. Her leadership skills, instructional expertise and values applied to teaching and learning have been acknowledged by her peers, community members and students.
Wakefield Educational Foundation (WEF) recently held its 18th annual Celebration of Learning Banquet on Wednesday, April 9th, at Wakefield High School. The evening honored students, staff, volunteers and community members that make our schools great! These honorees exemplify the core values of their respective schools and show positive effort and attitude. WEF also recognized wonderful community volunteers who are committed to public education and excellence in the Wakefield Public Schools.
Fourth graders from each of the elementary schools were congratulated by principals Deborah Collura, Margo Perriello, Marie McNamee and Dr. Maureen Hughes. The students were recognized for exemplifying the core values of their respective schools.
Galvin Middle School students were recognized by their principal Mark Bedrosian for exemplifying the core values of their school which include Commitment, Achievement, Respect and Enthusiasm.
Wakefield High School students were recognized by their principal Dr. Kimberly Smith for their academic excellence, leadership and service to their school community.
Honorees were Simeon Banks, Melanie Ricupero, Lia Juneau, Lisa Ioannone, Ellen Cardwell, Perry Verge, Rebecca Murphree, Joanne Minahan, Cathy Buckley, Sue Cerullo, Lynn McCormack, Kerry Sullivan, Sue Langlois, Susan O'Keefe, Victor Branco, Jason Levene, Alana Anderson and Nancy Fredrick.
Several volunteers were recognized for their generous support of and commitment to the students and staff of the Wakefield Public Schools. Honorees were Andrea Costa, Amy High, Allison Federici, Jennifer Theriault, Beth Hendriks, Jean Connor, Edina Hodzic and Sharon Seabury.
Community members Karen Fitzpatrick, Colleen Getty and the late Jean Sorensen were honored. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike praised Karen as "the quiet unassuming 'glue' that has kept the school district moving forward during multiple leadership transitions. She has provided critical institutional knowledge and ensured that the key programs and initiatives were not overlooked as well as maintained important relationships with staff, families and community leaders. She is professional, humble and flexible and consistently displays a strong work ethic. Karen cares passionately about the Wakefield Public Schools and is a vital part of its continued success”.
Colleen Getty received special recognition for the impact of her passion and work in progress over the years as she brought a Boys & Girls Club to Wakefield. Colleen came up with the idea in 2010 and quickly got involved with the Stoneham Chapter to see if they could branch from them to form the Wakefield Chapter. Through her efforts a committee was created to help initiate the project, fundraising and subsequent funds came in, a location was selected and the club was opened in February 2014. “It is through Mrs. Getty’s efforts that Wakefield now has a safe location for kids to go after school and during the summer months”.
Sean Sorensen received posthumous recognition honoring his late wife Jean for her time and energy that was so mightily devoted to the Wakefield Community. Jean was a passionate community leader who shared her talents and expertise with many town committees, most recently the tremendous Galvinize Wakefield effort. “Jean demonstrated caring citizenship in everything she did. We recognize and thank Jean and her family for their caring support and passion for making Wakefield a wonderful community in which to live”.
The event ended with many thanks being extended for making the evening possible. The very talented Culinary Arts students from the high school, under the direction of Susan Lacey, prepared and served a delicious meal and desserts, local favorite Natalie Joly entertained the audience with her beautiful voice and the Wakefield High School Jazz Band, led by Tom Bankert, provided fantastic music for the evening. Special thanks were given to Sue Worden and her WEF team for organizing this event and to Dr. Stephen Zrike Murphy for his support of WEF and the students of Wakefield Public Schools.