Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Locals Kaskel and Dunkley Win Parent Involvement Awards at State

Brian Kaskel, 36 a Bielefield Elementary School father of two daughters was among a small group of parents honored on Nov. 21 in Hartford for the Parental Involvement Recognition Award.The 2013 awards were presented by the State Education Resource Center and CT Parent Information and Resource Center, and the Connecticut Commission on Children. Kaskel recently ran as a Republican candidate for Middletown's Board of Education. He as also endorsed by the local teacher's union - the Local Federation of Teachers -for his involvement in local education. Kaskel is a parent representative on the Board of Education's budget committee and is an elected member representing parents on the Bielefield Governance Councils. Kaskel was nominated by Bielefield School principal Jeff Fournier.

Marilyn Dunkley, a parent of students who attend Macdonough Elementary and mom of seven was nominated by principal Jon Romeo for her diligent work in the school community. Dunkley is a PTA member, involved in NEAT, and on Macdounough's School Governance Council.

Criteria for the parents nominated for the state's Parental Involvement Recognition Award were active involvement in the their children's school or community; support of their local school and contributions to high-quality education for all students; evidence of their ability to make a difference in their local school or community; and dedication and advocacy to ensure equity for all students.

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