Stewart Riddell, of Oxon Hill, has been named the Prince George's Countywide Volunteer of the Year for 1977-78.
A retired printer, Riddell has been a volunteer at Forestville Elementary School for the past four years, working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. almost every day school is in session. His volunteer activities are varied, ranging from his work at the school media center to making contest charts, designing display case exhibits, making bulletin boards, films and photographs. He is also a regular tutor for fifth and sixth grade students in reading, language, spelling and social studies.
Forestville Principle Barbara Johnson nominated Riddell for the award, and said he "shares with the children his wide experiences in life," and "listens and hears when children need a caring person to talk to." Among the letters of support for Riddell was one from student Rhonda Kay Conner, who wrote: "He helps people out and explains things to them when they don't understand something. I look up to Mr. Riddell, he's there when I need him."
A Volunteer of the Year Award for the Northern Area went to Joan Sheehan of Beltsville, who has been a school volunteer for nine years. She devoters about 20 hours each week to volunteer work. This year she is coordinating the work of 42 school volunteers. Chestnut Hills Elementary School Principal Sally Majak nominated Sheehan, saying "Not only does Mrs. Sheehan provide leadership for the school's volunteer program, but she also is active in other volunteer roles."
A Volunteer of the Year Award for the Southern Area went to Trudie Brown of Forest Heights, who volunteers full time at John Hanson Junior High School. Principal Donald A. Horner, who nominated Brown for the award, said, "Any newcomer to the school would probably assume that Mrs. Brown was a paid staff member because of hours and the manner in which she works." Some of Brown's volunteer activities include preparing correspondence, collecting and processing Federal Census Cards and offering a regular program in individual and small group typing instruction.
A Volunteer of the Year Award for the Central Area was presented to Maryellan Kitchen, of Bowie, who has worked an average of about 15 hours a week at Woodmore Elementary School for the past three years. As chairwoman of the School Volunteer Program, she coordinates the activities of more than 100 volunteers.