In advance of the March 27 Salute to Framingham celebration, organizers announced their "You Are Special" recipients who went above and beyond for students in town in the last year.
"The Salute program annually recognizes Framingham teachers and staff who go the extra mile to make each day special in our public schools," a press release from Salute to Framingham reads. "This year we are proud to be able to recognize the efforts of teachers and staff from every school in the district."
Below is a complete list of the "You Are Special" recipients:
- Judy Friedland, Barbieri Elementary
- Sara Hamerla, Brophy Elementary
- Charlotte Carr, Brophy Elementary
- Carol Berlin, Dunning Elementary
- Wendy Hagarty, Dunning Elementary
- Lori Chauvin, Hemenway Elementary
- David Schalachman, Hemenway Elementary
- Diane Czajak, Dorothy Hamilton, Bonnie Newman, and Patricia Towle - Early Childhood Educators, McCarthy Elementary
- Rosangela Caixa, Potter Road Elementary
- Diane MacMillan, Potter Road Elementary
- Pat Slater, Stapleton Elementary
- Pam Goldman, Woodrow Wilson Elementary
- Janet Scott, Woodrow Wilson Elementary
- Karen Dauer, Cameron Middle School
- Meghan Quinlan, Joe Santiago, and Mae Waugh - Team Rainbow of Fuller Middle School
- Sheron Doucette, Walsh Middle School
- Mary O'Brien-Harte, Walsh Middle School
- Jody O'Rourke, Walsh Middle School
- Colby Young, Framingham High School
- Elyse Torbert, Framingham High School
- Carmen Padilla, FPS Bilingual Education Department
In addition to the "You Are Special" award winners, Salute to Framingham will honor longtime community volunteer and selectman Dennis Giombetti and Christine Tibor, the director at Framingham Adult ESL Plus.
To sponsor the event, donate in honor of a recipient, or find out how to purchase tickets, visit the Salute to Framingham website. All proceeds from Salute to Framingham benefit the Framingham High School Foundation, which extracurricular Activities, Arts, and Athletics at Framingham High School.