Components of Civic Engagement

Volunteerism- a person who performs some service or good work of their own free will and without pay. (Toole and Toole, 1992)

Community Service- a person who engages in volunteer activities without pay to help give back to their community. The person receives some benefit by learning more about how their service makes a difference in the lives of the service recipients and its impact on the community. (Furco, 1996)

Philanthropy- the voluntary redistribution of resources by individuals and institutions (Stanford Haas Center for Public Service, 2015)

Activism- the active participation of individuals in group behavior for the purpose of creating change-in attitudes, knowledge, behavior, and/or symbols. The expected change can be directed toward individuals, groups and/or systems (Chambers and Phelps, 1991)

Service-Learning- an experience or student activity that may be a course or competency-based, credit bearing educational experience in which students:

  1. Participate in mutually identified activities that benefits the community, and
  2. Reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility (Bringle and Clayton, 2012, adapted from Bringle and Hatcher, 1996)

For more information about this award program:
Please click on "Award Program Details" below. Nominations are due March 1, 2019.

Adapted from the University of Nevada, Reno, Silver Paw Award.

Award Program Details

Awards

The Collaborative Action Award- awarded to a team, club, department and/or group that leads to an effective  collaboration with the school district to accomplish a service project.

The Student Leadership Award- awarded to a district student or group of students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment and unselfish dedication to the school district and to the larger community through service.

The Staff Leadership Award- awarded to a staff member or group of staff members who have developed or supported opportunities for the school district to participate in activities that benefit others.

The Faculty Leadership Award- awarded to a faculty member or group of faculty members in the district’s schools who have demonstrated commitment to civic engagement through advocacy, teaching, or project development.

The Creativity and Innovation Community Award- awarded to an individual or group in the VCS community that demonstrates creativity or innovation in pursuit of a community service or civic engagement project benefiting a community outside of the district.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for an award, a candidate or group must meet one or more of the following:

  • Be a Victor Central Schools’ student, staff or community member.
  • Be a Victor Central Schools’ department, club, team, committee or group.
  • Be an organization from the Victor Central Schools’ broader community that has made a difference for students, staff or community member(s).

Nominations

  • Nominations may be made by any individual.
  • All nominations must be submitted on the official application form.
  • All application forms must be complete and either delivered or postmarked on or before the deadline set by the Selection Committee.

Current selection committee members and their immediate family are not eligible for induction during a committee member’s term of service.

Categories

The following categories are to be considered in qualifying for these awards.

Individual Recognitions:

  • Student: a maximum of two, one elementary and one secondary award per year.
  • Staff Member: a maximum of one award per year from the CSEA organization.
  • Faculty Member: a maximum of one award per year from each organization: VTA, VASA, etc.
  • Community Member: a maximum of one award per year.

Group Recognitions:

  • Team, club, class or group: a maximum of one per year.
  • Department, committee, grade level or school: a maximum of one per year.
  • Community partner organization: a maximum of one per year.

Application and By-Laws

2018 Recipients

Victor Central Schools recently
announced the recipients of its new
Superintendent’s Civic Engagement Award.
The award, which recognizes exceptional community service, is broken down into five categories. 

The Collaborative Action Award is awarded to a team, club, department and/or group that leads to an effective collaboration with the school district to accomplish a service project. The Student Leadership Award is given to a district student(s) who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment and unselfish dedication to the school district and to the larger community through service. The Staff Leadership Award is reserved for a staff member who has developed or supported opportunities for the school district to participate in activities that benefit others. The Faculty Leadership Award is given to a faculty member in the District’s schools who has demonstrated commitment to civic engagement through advocacy, teaching, or project development. The fifth category, The Creativity and Innovation Community Award is awarded to an individual or group in the VCS community that demonstrates creativity or innovation in pursuit of a community service.  

Collaborative Action Award for Staff

This year’s Collaborative Action Award for staff was given to three staff members, Senior High Counselor, Mary Banaszak; Senior High Counselor, John Ryan; and Junior High Counselor, Nikki Ryan for their work in coordinating the Salvation Army bell ringing project, an annual event that brings hundreds of students, staff and family members together with the Salvation Army for holiday bell ringing and fundraising at Eastview Mall. According to their nominators these individuals not only give back to community during the most important time of the year, they engage hundreds of students, including our 15:1:1 students in the Junior High who are so invested, they have become in charge of counting the money collected.

Collaborative Action Award for Students

This year’s Collaborative Action Award for students was awarded to Girl Scout Troop #40324 for their support of the Primary School’s Green Bean Casserole project. Every November since 2014 Primary School students have donated all of the ingredients to make green been casseroles bags that are donated to the Victor Farmington Food Cupboard for their Thanksgiving Baskets. In 2014, 460 bags of ingredients were donated. This year, based on a growing family need reported by the Food Cupboard, that goal was increased to 600 bags. When Girl Scout Troop #40324 offered to help the Primary School reach this lofty goal, organizers were thrilled. Thanks to the troop’s hard work, which included the creation of a promotional video that was shared on the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard Facebook page as well as the Victor Central Schools and Primary School Facebook pages, families donated more than 2,500 food items and created more than 620 Green Bean Casserole bags!

Student Leadership Award

The 2018 Student Leadership Award was given to two members of the Senior High School Global Competence Certification Program who saw a need for clean water thousands of miles away. Last year after hearing a presentation about the Uganda Water Project in Social Studies class, Kataichiry Rohena Marquez and Joelymar Ruiz took it upon themselves to organize a fund drive and “walk for water” to build a rainwater filtration tank in Uganda. Together, they raised $4,142.25, enough money for a water tank and then some. 

Staff Leadership Award

The 2018 Staff Leadership Award recognized four amazing women who help make the holidays brighter for hundreds of families in need by organizing the District Wide Giving Tree, an annual event that provides Christmas gifts to children and need. Intermediate School secretaries, Jody Drew and Mary Ann Wachob, Intermediate School Library Media Specialist, Maggie Elliott, and Special Education teacher, Liz McLean not only identify families in need, they coordinate gift givers with recipients and organize the distribution of hundreds of gifts. This past year the Giving Tree program supported 108 families and wrapped more than 500 gifts. 

Faculty Leadership Award

The Faculty Leadership Award at the elementary level was given to a Kindergarten teacher, Kim Gallina for consistently bringing joy and positivity to everyone she encounters. Whether she is organizing an art supply collection for the Cobblestone Art Center, collecting blankets for families in need, raising pennies for Diabetes or acting as the resident “Halloween Fairy” to provide costumes for students in need,  Gallina teaches by some incredible examples.

The Faculty Leadership Award at the secondary level was given to Senior High School technology teacher and founder of the school’s FIRST Robotics Team, Peter Fleckenstein. In addition to providing knowledge in the classroom, he provides inspiring leadership and mentoring to the Robotics team, organizing and supporting countless STEM projects for the team and community that include a massive annual recycling drive and programs for younger robotics participants. Through the years, Fleckenstein has been an integral part of numerous civic engagement events ranging from the PTSA Super Science Saturday, the Parkinson’s Awareness Walk, the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard holiday basket drive, the Senior High Leadership Snack Pack program, the Salvation Army bell ringing, the Farmington Fun Fest, Hang Around Victor Days, and the Victor Cares Carnival, to name a few.

Creativity and Innovation Community Award

The 2018 Creativity and Innovation Community Award goes to the Victor Robotics Team 1559 for their amazing ongoing work in the community. Among their annual community efforts are The Xylem Water Challenge, an event where they design a portable water pump for places that do not have easy access to water, a massive community recycle drive and their fundraising work for the Metachromatic Leukodystrophy association (MLD), in memory of their former team member, Trey Butler who passed away a few years ago during his senior year from the disease.

For more information on the Superintendent’s Civic Engagement Award, please contact the Victor Central Schools’ Office of School and Community Relations at 924-3252, ext. 1407.