Friend of Education Award Recipients


The Board of Education periodically recognizes individuals, groups, community organizations, and businesses that play tht support the education of our students and staff. The recipients receive a certificate of thanks for their commitment to Albion Central School District students.


March, 2020

Teresa Gaylard was recognized at the March Board of Education meeting as a Friend of Education.

Teresa is the Children's Librarian at the Hoag Library.

High school librarian Della Morales and elementary school librarian Sarah Jones introduced Teresa to the Board of Education.  They shared how the District partners with the Hoag Library.

Teresa has been instrumental in the success of the high school multicultural club's Popcorn & Paperbacks after school program.  She helps create and distribute fliers for the program and publicizes it at the Hoag Library. She assists with supplies for crafts and attends all of the Popcorn & Paperbacks programs. 

She attends open houses, participates in the middle school family literacy nights, is a guest reader in the elementary school, and works with our librarians to promote the Hoag Library summer reading program, which is attended by many Albion students.  Several groups and staff members assist the summer program as guest readers and story tellers. 

The District is fortunate to have Teresa as a partner in education.     


November, 2019

The Board of Education recognized Poverty Hill Farms as a Friend of Education at their November meeting.

Owner Ed Neal and his grandson Brian Neal accepted the award on behalf of the entire family.

Adam Krenning spoke about the partnership that FFA has with Poverty Hill Farms.  He said, "The Neal family has always been willing to assist our students in the agriculture programs at Albion with anything we have needed to make the program better for our students." 

Tim Archer thanked them for always hosting his high school Interact exchange program with an inner city school in Rochester.  He said the visit to the farm is always a highlight and giving students hands on activities and experiences on the farm is one they will never forget. 

Poverty Hill Farms has also hosted seniors from the Workplace Internship program.  They are happy to educate students about careers in agriculture and give them hands on experiences to determine if a life in agriculture is something they may want to pursue.  

Thank you Neal family for your ongoing support and willingness to educate our students!    


December, 2018

Pictured: Varsity football coach Adam Krenning, Scott Kaniecki, Garrett Knaak and Margy Brown.  (Absent from photo: Jeff Densen and Gary Westlund.) The Board of Education recognized the "Chain Gang," a group of four men who attend every home football game and keep track of yardage with the "chains."  The group has been doing this volunteer job for many years in all types of weather. Gary Westlund has been a member of the "Chain Gang" for 27 years!  Coach Krenning said they men are an important part of the football program and their dependability and consistency is truly appreciated. 


October, 2018 

The Elementary School PTA received the October Friend of Education award.  The group of caring parents organize and provide special activities and programs for the students.  They host dances and craft night.  They promote literacy by giving books to every fifth grade student and spearheading the book fair. Their fundraisers pay for fieldtrips at every grade level. The elementary school is fortunate to have such a dedicated team of parents.

June, 2018

Pictured: Brian Christiaansen, Mark's Pizzeria franchisee, accepts an award from Margy Brown.  He has been donating certificates for a free one-topping medium pizza since 2008.  This incentive is used in our 6th grade reading classes to help encourage students to read.  They give approximately 85 pizzas each month to students that meet the reading requirement.  They are very generous and the kids love this added incentive.  Brian said, "The Book-Mark’s Program has been a great partnership with the schools and we look forward to continuing throughout the upcoming school years."  Thank you for your generosity!

March, 2018

Pictured:  Jeff Baron, Renna VanEpps, Jennifer Martin, Marlene Seielstad, and Board of Education President Margy Brown.  (Absent from photo: Gregg Squicciarini). 

Pictured: Gregg Squicciarini and Board of Education President Margy Brown at the June meeting. Mr. Squicciarini assists with making the sets for fall and spring shows.

These five volunteers were recognized for their efforts with the high school musicals.  Gary Simboli, Musical Director, introduced each volunteer and shared how they help with the musicals. They assist with building stage pieces, sewing elaborate costumes, coordinating the wishes and kisses program, and assisting students with running lines and developing their characters.


January, 2018

Pictured: Pastor Richard Csizmar receives a Friend of Education award from Board President Margy Brown on behalf of Holy Family Parish.

Pictured (l-r): Emma Reed Webster Association Board Member Kathy Iorio, Board of Education President Margy Brown, and Emma Reed Webster Association President Brenda Hand.

Two organizations were recognized in January as Friend of Education for providing assistance to the Elementary School nurse's office.

The Emma Reed Nelson Webster Assocation donated hair bands, head lice kits, socks and under garments.  The purpose of the organization, which was established in 1932, is to furnish voluntary financial aid and assistance to poor, indigent, and needy families in Orleans County. They worked with the nurses to supply items that were needed in the office.  

Holy Family Parish was also recognized for their donations every December of new jackets, boots, pants, shirts, socks, under garments, sweat shirts, and sweat pants.  The items are distributed throughout the year to students in need.

The nurses said, “We wish the donors could see the joy and excitement that some of the students express over receiving these items. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity.  These things make a big difference for our students.  Some of the students come to school without socks or underclothes.  Some don’t have jackets or boots.  Others may need a change of clothes during the school day for various reasons.  Having these items available for our students is very helpful and we truly appreciate your generosity.”         


December, 2017

Pictured (l-r): Board of Education President Margy Brown, Orleans Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) representatives Penny Nice and Patrice Birner, Service-Learning Educator Tim Archer.  

The Orleans Chapter DAR received the Friend of Education Award at the December Board of Education meeting.  The DAR has been a long-standing supporter of the District.  Annually, they recognize a high school senior with the DAR Good Citizen Award.  This year's recipient is Caleb Pettit.  The Chapter also supports the middle school service-learning classes and their citizenship programs.  Tim Archer introduced the DAR representatives to the Board and talked about how beneficial their partnership is with our students.       

November, 2017


Pictured: Wendy Jacobson, CEO of Orleans Community Health/Medina Memorial Hospital, accepts a Friend of Education Award from Board of Education President Margy Brown.  Orleans Community Health partners with the High School's Workplace Internship program.  Many students are interested in learning more about the healthcare field and have interned at both the hospital in Medina and Orleans Community Health's Albion facility on Route 31.  Students shadow the nursing department, physician assistants, technicians, physical therapists, surgeons, doctors and more.  The strong partnership has opened the eyes of students in the program and shown them the varied careers in the healthcare field.  

Click on the link for more information on the Workplace Internship Program.

Click on the link for Orleans Hub article about this award.