SHOK/OASIS volunteers honored for service
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Twenty-three locals have been honored for their volunteer work that assists students in Poway Unified School District.
The May 3 ceremony was held at Westwood Elementary in Rancho Bernardo. During the event, 12 five-year, four 10-year, four 15-year and three 20-year awards were presented to Seniors Helping Our Kids and OASIS Tutoring volunteers, according to program director Jane Radatz.
The volunteers assist students with their lessons, especially in the local elementary schools where they provide one-on-one reading assistance to students recommended for the free program. Other volunteers have taught fifth-graders various styles of ballroom dancing in a free four-week program.
Those recognized for 20 years of volunteerism in the program were Esther Bloom, Jack Bloom and Bob Stevens. The 15-year awards went to Joyce Gage, Grace Igasaki, Jane Levin and Carolyn Sikes.
Those honored for a decade of service were Elliot Epner, Doris Goldstein, Bettie Jeli and Shirley Locke. The five-year honorees were Terry Cohler, Lois Goodman, Joe Heatherman, Karin Hillebrecht, Ginny Johnston, Brian Kratz, Bruce McCoy, Audrey Mueller, Dan Norman, Lola Onstad, Pat Peckham and Carolyn Primo.
During the event, Radatz was thanked by the volunteers for her leadership and presented a necklace with a starfish-shaped pendant, the SHOK/OASIS symbol.
The SHOK/OASIS program provides free training and supplies to volunteers, who per school district policy must pass a background check and tuberculosis test. Volunteers select their assigned school and weekly volunteer time. To cover some of the program’s costs, the group holds an annual fundraiser each year at Outback Steakhouse in Poway.
To become a volunteer, contact Radatz at email@example.com or 858-485-5449.
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