Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award
Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
-- Danny Thomas
-- Danny Thomas
United Parent Council's Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award honors volunteers who display dedication and service to community as exemplified by late UPC member Geri Morgan. In her memory, UPC annually recognizes a consummate volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution of service. Often it is that passionate, devoted, yet humble volunteer who is doing amazing things that benefit the entire school community. This annual award truly recognizes the crème de la crème among volunteers. Nominations will open in Spring of 2022. When nominations are open you will complete the form to nominate a volunteer for this award.
Nominations have closed for 2021
2021's recipient will be honored at the May 13th Governing Board meeting and will designate a school group or organization to receive a $100.00 donation from UPC.
During the nomination period, you can print a Nomination Form and submit your completed nomination to UPC (submission information can be found on the form). You will need to get the principal/site administrator signature on the form.
Nomination form in Spanish
You also may complete an online form below*
*If you are completing an online form, be sure to speak with your principal / site administrator prior to filling it out.
In Memory of Geri L. Morgan
Geri Morgan was the consummate volunteer; one only needed to ask the staff at Sunset Canyon Elementary school in the early 2000’s. A former elementary teacher with both a Master’s degree and a MBA, she was instrumental in developing a science program at Sunset Canyon. In addition, she established and executed a science fair for the students. This event was so noteworthy that today the science lab bears her name.
Geri was also an active UPC member; she published its newsletter and followed legislation—long before UPC played a participatory role with the state legislature. Most importantly, Geri was an advocate of public education. A native Texan, she couldn’t quite understand Arizona’s seeming lack of interest in investing in its children.
On August 4, 2005, the UPC delegation filled a long pew at Geri’s Memorial service. They listened to Sunset Canyon’s principal deliver her eulogy. They witnessed her son and her family’s struggle. After that, UPC decided Geri Morgan epitomized the essence of UPC—volunteer, above self.
[Geri Morgan was killed in a one-car, rollover accident on the family’s return from a Flagstaff weekend in 2005. An anonymous donor established the upfront money for the original award.]
In her memory, UPC established the Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award to honor a volunteer for his or her outstanding service contributions to a school community. Each year the winner receives a $100 donation to a school group or organization of his or her choice.
Congratulations to Courtney Fligeltaub and Paulette Fraenkel, the 2019 recipients of the Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award. These women give their time selflessly to Arrowhead Elementary.
Courtney was described by one of the nominators as the salt of the earth, someone with endless ideas and compassion. She is dependable and a stable partner that handles requests and challenges with ease and finesse.
Paulette was described as a master at networking, weaving a web of people together, never to further her own gain.
Both of these women have been instrumental in providing holiday food boxes and gifts, book drives, coordinated teacher appreciation events, pizza parties, securing yearbooks for all 6thgraders. You name it these women have made a huge impact in the lives of the students and teachers at Arrowhead Elementary
We cannot think of a more deserving recipients--Congratulations Courtney and Paulette!
Courtney and Paulette’s names have been added to the Geri Morgan Volunteer Award Legacy Plaque displayed at PVUSD's district offices. And they have chosen their $100 Donation to go to Congregation Kehilla Social Action.
Geri L. Morgan Award Recipients:
2019 Courtney Fligeltaub & Paulette Fraenkel
2018 Gretchen Larson
2017 Ann Thompson
2016 Twyla Otte
2015 Aundi Parillo
2014 Christy Miller
2013 Colleen Amarillas
2012 Ed Tankersley
2011 Teri Harnisch
2011 Nancy Pool
2010 Bette and Julian Henriques
2010 Juana and John Fredrick
2009 Julie Tyree
2008 Laurie Smith
2007 Juana Fredrick
2006 Joan Morgan
Geri L. Morgan Volunteer Award Chair: Lori Berman - email@example.com