Falls Church High School and Sully Historic Site volunteer Isabel Richardson have been named the Youth recipients of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s 2019 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards.
The Park Authority Board is honoring Falls Church High School for its partnership with Providence RECenter for the past six years on work-based learning experiences for special needs students. Students from the school have helped at the RECenter’s Front Desk and with General Assistance Tasks, such as cleaning windows, wiping down mats and putting away materials after children’s classes. These duties are a component of each child’s individualized education program, which is developed to offer real-life work experience outside the classroom to prepare for future work or post-secondary school options. Leaders of the program were praised for being flexible, responsive and creative in assessing each student’s needs and in customizing work experiences. The students involved have consistently endeared themselves to patrons who reported looking forward to seeing their smiling faces each week.
Richardson is being honored as one of Sully's most reliable youth volunteers who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty. A volunteer since 2008, she has assisted with programs such as summer camps, Historic All Hallows Eve and Candlelight Tours. She has worked hard as a member of the Special Events team, as well as a camp counselor and role model, and can relate to people of all ages. Her love of history is contagious and shows when she assists in training new youth volunteers. With her enthusiastic personality, Richardson shines in working with children and demonstrates historic skills while explaining them to the public. She has been involved in almost every aspect of Sully's mission excellence.
The Elly Doyle Park Service Award was established by the Fairfax County Park Authority on December 20, 1988, in recognition of former Park Authority Board Chairman and member Ellamae Doyle’s years of outstanding service toward the preservation of parkland and establishment of natural and recreational areas for the benefit of Fairfax County residents. The purpose of the award is to publicly recognize a volunteer or group of volunteers for outstanding contributions to Fairfax County parks.
The Elly Doyle winners will be honored at a Park Authority ceremony in November.
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