This NYS PTA award was established in 1991 to honor the memory of Jane Skrzypek. The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding leader in your PTA who, by his or her actions, inspires others to volunteer and assume leadership positions. The award is given in recognition of outstanding PTA volunteerism and leadership. Applications should be submitted to your region director. Each region may submit one nominee to the State. From the nominees submitted, one recipient will be chosen by the Awards Specialist and the Leadership Development Committee. The State winner will be honored at the New York State PTA Convention in November and will receive an engraved mantle clock. The chosen recipients from each Region will also be recognized by a smaller clock from NYS PTA at an event within their regions. The application process and criteria to nominate a volunteer is described below.
Postmarked, not metered, by June 15 to the PTA Region Director (Region Director list here).
To be eligible for nomination the nominee must:
- Be a member of a PTA/PTSA in good standing.
- Volunteer through the PTA.
Members of the New York State PTA Governance Team are not eligible for this award.
The nominee must:
- Volunteer above and beyond the scope of his/her PTA position; and
- Exhibit leadership qualities that encourage others to participate and volunteer.
The following must be considered when applying:
- The form must be filled out completely and signed by the PTA president.
- All units/councils in good standing or regions are eligible to nominate someone for this award.
- Each submitting group may nominate one person per year.
- The nominee’s leadership qualities should be included on the application form.
- The application must include two statements, written as letters. One statement should be from an officer of your PTA and the other may be from the principal/superintendent or from another PTA officer who has worked with the nominee.
- Each letter must be submitted on one piece of 8½” x 11” paper. No more than two (2) letters will be accepted. The letters should describe why this person is deserving of this award. These letters should give examples, explains the nominee’s leadership qualities and how these qualities have affected your PTA.
Unit/Council Leadership Recognition In Honor of Jane Skrzypek
Although only one NYS PTA winner is chosen, your PTA/PTSA may wish to honor a volunteer who goes above and beyond the scope of his or her position – a person you can always rely on to be there when an extra hand is needed. You may honor a volunteer within your unit by presenting a Jane Skrzypek Volunteer Pin (purchased at a cost of $5.00 by contacting the State office). However, receiving the pin does not make the recipient a Jane Skrzypek Volunteer of the Year Award winner, only NYS PTA can select the winner.