SOURCE: DonorNation

DonorNation

February 13, 2014 09:00 ET

San Diego County Schools Compete to Honor Exceptional Volunteers

DonorNation Invites Schools to Submit Nominations for the School Volunteer of the Year Award

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - February 13, 2014) - With so many devoted -- yet often invisible -- school volunteers out there, DonorNation, a cause-driven online marketplace, wants to shine a deserving spotlight on these unsung heroes through its second annual School Volunteer of the Year Award.

"School volunteers are the invisible backbone behind a strong school system in San Diego," said Karim Pirani, founder and CEO of DonorNation. "Our entire community is forever indebted to this assiduous group of selflessly devoted volunteers. They may never seek accolades or rewards for their often unseen generosity, but we want to honor them for their invaluable service to our local schools."

Last year's School Volunteer of the Year Grand Prize Winner, James Fosnot, a clinical psychologist and volunteer at Oceanside High School, was nominated by Principal Kenneth Hurst. Hurst recognized the tremendous value Fosnot brought to the high school through his grief counseling and college readiness programs, and wanted to honor him for his hard work with students enduring emotional trauma.

"It's a different demographic than the district I worked in for so long, but it's a continuation of what I've loved to do all along, and that is supporting kids in emotional trauma," Fosnot said. "Just a 'thank you' from a kid is all the reward I need."

In addition to the esteemed honor, Fosnot received a year's worth of groceries ($100 per week for 52 weeks) from Sprouts Farmers Market, which he donated to the students at Oceanside High School in the form of weekly $100 grocery gift cards to students in low-income families. The $5,000 cash prize awarded by DonorNation was used to establish a scholarship program for students going to college.

DonorNation is currently accepting nominations from San Diego County schools for its 2nd annual School Volunteer of the Year Award until February 28, 2014. Over $25,000 in prizes will be awarded to volunteers and San Diego County schools. To submit a nomination, or for more information about the award, visit www.donornation.org/award

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