May 14, 2009|
From: Laura Harris, Director of Media Relations
ULM faculty member receives Lincoln Parish Volunteer of the Year Award
Ruston Elementary School nominated faculty member Brian Coyne, along with his volunteer partner and fellow award winner Stacie Woodard, for their outreach efforts through Trinity United Methodist Church. The church won a state-level award as a Distinguished Partner in Education.
“When this volunteer walked into our school armed with a sweet smile and giving spirit, we had no idea that it would translate into a vision of cooperation that would amaze us all,” said Project Achieve Coordinator Cathi Cox, a member of the Lincoln Parish School Board, at the luncheon.
Cox said the volunteer team organized hundreds of other volunteers to bring food, supplies, sweatshirts, and books for each child at Ruston Elementary School. In addition, they emphasized literacy at home, which “was initiated with incredible energy and passion,” said Cox.
As a member of the Advisory Board for the North Central Louisiana Partners in Prevention Community Coalition, Cox described Coyne as a person who “not only is incredibly intuitive when it comes to identifying needs; he immediately springs to action to try and meet those needs.”
“His moral compass is always pointed in the right direction and that makes his volunteerism so inspiring … He has truly made a difference in the lives of children and adults alike,” she said.
Because of the partnership, Cox said the district has been able to accomplish numerous objectives, among them: