Adele Graham Award Winner 2005
Karen Scarborough, retired District Volunteer Coordinator for Alachua County Public Schools, was the 2005 recipient. Scarborough began as an active parent school volunteer. One of her projects was "Kids Space" which was a volunteer intensive, school wide playground building project. This talent for big projects continued in her career as a district volunteer coordinator. At the district level she increased the number of business partners from 53 to 350. She also created and implemented an award-winning mentoring program called C.H.A.M.P.S. (Collegiates Helping as Mentors in Public Schools) involving UF and Santa Fe CC students working with elementary and middle school students. Each year she recruited and trained 400 student volunteers. She later coordinated the mentoring component of Take Stock in Children. She produced a mentor training manual which is used by other districts around the state. At the state level, Scarborough chaired a FAPE Conference, served as FAPE Vice President, and co-chaired Fall Leadership conferences. She created the Partnership Tool Kit of resources for implementing successful partnership programs around the state. She also developed the "While you're here --- Volunteer" campaign. She produced posters, videos, PSA's, and fliers to promote school volunteer opportunities which are still being used across the state. Before retiring, she launched the "Book Buddies/Lunch Buddies" Program and shared materials developed statewide.
To provide leadership in the formation and growth of effective partnerships that ensure the success for all students