September 21, 2020
By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources
WALNUT, CA—The Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees celebrated an outstanding Vejar Elementary student and parent during the September 16 meeting.
The long-standing tradition had been cancelled since last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fourth grader Angel Bennett received the Star Student Award.
“Angel has always been a super star throughout his years with us, but especially during distance learning!” praised Principal Whitney Prenger.
“He is going above and beyond to be responsible with his home setup, material organization, and independent practice by being timely and ready to learn.”
Angel practices the Vejar Values at all times and has been one of the school’s most respectful and safe students.
Devoted parent Helen Chung received the Partner in Education Award.
She has become a mainstay on campus as a classroom volunteer, Community Club member, and substitute morning/noon supervisor.
Helen shared her gift of creativity by decorating the staff lounge, display cases, hosting special events, and filling the refrigerator with treats for staff appreciation events.
As a morning/noon supervisor, she helped boost school morale by building relationships that created a safe and nurturing environment.
“She truly has the magic touch!” Prenger added.
Board President Larry Redinger presents Partner in Education Award to Vejar parent Helen Chung.
Vejar Elementary 4th grader Angel Bennett receives Super Star Student Award during Sept. 18 Board Meeting.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Vejar Elementary staff members gather outside to celebrate Angel Bennett on Sept. 18.