To Highland with Love
is the 2012 VIPS
Crystal Apple Award Winner
Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON
To Highland With Love program coordinator Patty Nolan, second from left, receives a hug from Highland Elementary School principal Kaye Van Sickle, as fellow program members Sarah Rogers, left, and Carolyn Cavanaugh, far right, look on during the 22nd annual Volunteers in Public Schools Apple Awards at University Baptist Church on Tuesday. To Highland with Love won this year's Crystal Apple Award, given to an individual or group for at least 10 years of outstanding volunteer work.
BY ROBERT STEWART
Advocate staff writer
May 02, 2012
After 14 years of faithful service, Highland Elementary School’s volunteer group To Highland With Love was honored on Tuesday for its sustained efforts on behalf of the school, its students and staff.
To Highland With Love was awarded the Crystal Apple at Volunteers in Public Service’s 2012 Volunteer Picnic and Apple Awards ceremony at University Baptist Church.
The Crystal Apple is VIPS’ top volunteering award and is given to an individual or group who has served with VIPS for at least 10 years.
Patty Nolan, To Highland With Love’s coordinator, accepted the award on the group’s behalf.
In an interview after the ceremony, Nolan praised the work of her group, which uses faith as a guiding principle. “This gives us an opportunity to be an expression of God’s love,” Nolan said. To Highland With Love does work as simple as providing “teacher treats” or as large as helping obtain air conditioning for Highland Elementary’s cafeteria.
The group began with just six volunteers but now has about 400 volunteers contribute each year. “We have a very dedicated team of volunteers who love being involved in this ministry,” Nolan said.