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Hyun Joo Clara Stanley, a mother of students at Kingsley School, was presented the 2011 Phyllis Ganser Outstanding PTA Volunteer of the Year award at the District 65 School Board meeting on April 23.
The award is given to a person who exhibits a commitment to the PTA goal of promoting the welfare of all school children, a willingness to work in any capacity (even behind the scenes), a spirit and enthusiasm for volunteer work and an ability to engage and involve other volunteers.
In presenting the award, Sue Ganser Levinson summarized some of Ms. Stanley’s many volunteer activities at Kingsley School, such as co-founding Kingsley COPE (Caring Outreach for Parents in Evanston) and Kingsley Kitchen Table Session, initiating a kids’ cooking class program where students can learn healthy recipes and cooking methods. She also established a relationship with Northwestern University coach Pat Fitzgerald under which the coach and NU football players will be making visits to Kingsley this spring.
“Ms. Stanley consistently does her magic from the sidelines,” said Ms. Ganser. “Her spirit and energy are endless.”
The Ganser award was established to honor the memory of Phyllis Ganser, an outstanding PTA volunteer who set a high standard through her dedication to the community of children. At the time of her death in January 2000, Ms. Ganser had children at Walker School, Chute School and Evanston Township High School.