Lonny Frye was nominated by Whittier Principal Sarah Oswick and
Family Resources Schools Coordinator Alexis Batko, who wrote:
Mr. Frye has two children at Whittier. He
volunteers most days of the week in the mornings before school to open doors in
our drop off lane (known as the Hug’N’Go Lane). He is there in the rain and
snow, along with other parent volunteers, getting the children safely from
their cars into the school.
In addition to his visible volunteerism, Mr.
Frye has also been helping to provide the lifeline of warm winter coats to the
students in need at our school. As someone who works closely with Deacon’s
closet First Presbyterian Church he has been able to provide coats for more
than 50 students at Whittier each fall before the snows start. He has served in
this anonymous role for the past three years.
Unlike other donated materials we receive,
in this case each coat we receive is clean and has the size clearly marked
because Mr. Frye goes through and makes sure our students get the best of what
is available. He makes the access to high-quality coats so easy. He gets them straight to our FRS coordinator
who knows the families and can take requests as well as pass the coats out to
keep the process anonymous.
Without his support, I am confident in
saying that many Whittier students would spend the winter shivering on our
playground and in their neighborhoods. Taking care of our students most basic
needs could be an unsteady system causing a huge financial burden and
logistical nightmare, but because of this stalwart effort by Mr. Frye, it has
been a promise we have been able to keep to our students. We can promise them
that they will be warm each winter.
We believe Mr. Frye, who has never sought
out any kind of thanks, especially for his behind-the-scenes work, should be
acknowledged for this outstanding contribution to our community.