A parent volunteer from Westland Middle School in Bethesda was recognized by state education officials Friday night for his outstanding school contributions.
Andrew Niebler was named winner of the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award, given by the Maryland State Department of Education, at ceremonies in Baltimore.
Montgomery school officials said Niebler developed the Westland Cares program for needy students and families. The effort includes a food and household items pantry, a holiday gift-giving program, scholarships for afterschool activities and book fair certificates.
Niebler was one of five finalists for the honor. There were 24 semifinalists, one in each of the state’s 24 school systems.
“Andrew Niebler saw a need, filled it, and then found new ways to improve that initiative,” State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery said in a statement. “Strong parental involvement strengthens our classrooms and schools, and Andrew never stops working to make Westland Middle better for students and the community. His commitment inspires us all.”