The Huntington Beach Union High School District celebrated the service of its volunteers at the annual Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) recognition breakfast on April 27.

The VIPS program originated several decades ago as a way to provide an opportunity for community members to learn more about the schools and improve school services to students. Today, countless volunteers work with students, faculty and administration at each of the six comprehensive high schools.

During the breakfast, a big check in honor of achievement was presented to the Board President Dr. Bonnie Castrey and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Carolee Ogata, to recognize the 209,040 hours logged by VIPS throughout the 2017-18 school year. The estimated value of the work performed by volunteers totals $4,371,026.40!

“…volunteers give so much of themselves for so little,” said guest speaker Jennifer Graves, principal at Edison High. “What you don’t see in monetary value, I hope you see in the smiles and experiences you give to so many of our young adults.”

To learn about volunteer opportunities available, please contact the Community Service Coordinator at each respective school site.

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