TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded three Floridians with the Champion of Service Award.

Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to present these outstanding Floridians with the Champion of Service Award today for their work to provide Florida’s students with the opportunity to succeed and achieve their dreams in our state.”

Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman said, “Tracey Haley with the Cobb Beta Club and Amon Rwito with the Kate Sullivan Math Academy have created an innovative way to leverage the power of young volunteers, who serve students requiring extra help in math education. Likewise, Gale Spires is a tireless community servant to at-risk children through the Guardian ad Litem Program, working to ensure that they achieve their fullest potential. It is an honor to recognize these Floridians with the Champion of Service Award.”

The following three recipients were recognized with the award:

Gale Spires, Ocala – Gale Spires has been a Guardian ad Litem volunteer for three years and advocates for at-risk children and youth. She provides learning materials for academically challenged students and mentors new volunteers. Spires work to ensure that every child receives an opportunity to grow up in a safe and loving home continues to make a significant difference in her community.

Amon Rwito, the Math Academy at Kate Sullivan Elementary School, Tallahassee – Amon Rwito, a teacher at Kate Sullivan Elementary School, created the Math Academy at her school three years ago. The program provides tutoring to fourth grade students who are struggling in math classes.

Tracey Haley, the Beta Club at Cobb Middle School, Tallahassee – Tracey Haley, a teacher and sponsor of the Beta Club at Cobb Middle School, partners with Kate Sullivan Elementary School to provide tutors to help in the Math Academy program. The Beta Club students have provided nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer service.

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