Volunteers in Public School presented Apple Awards to 18 in-school volunteers who serve as reading or math friends in East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Honored were: Mary Elizabeth Richardson, Cedarcrest-Southmoor Elementary; Nancy Ballard, Audubon Elementary; Tavia Crumpler, Park Elementary; Det. Sergeant Charles F. Dotson, Park Elementary; Shavon Knighten, LaSalle Elementary; Michael Dreznick, Riveroaks Elementary; Sarah Jones, Melrose Elementary; Sandra Brock, Glen Oaks Park Elementary; Lola LeBlanc, Cedarcrest-Southmoor Elementary; Mike LeBlanc, Cedarcrest-Southmoor Elementary; Edward W. Griffin, Melrose Elementary; Santos Mena, Wedgwood Elementary; Melissa Washington, Claiborne Elementary and Howell Park Elementary; Mitchell Provensal, Arlington Preparatory Academy; Samatha Miler, Woodlawn Middle; Walter Thomas, Park Forest Middle; and K.K. Welty Winbourne Elementary. This year’s annual Apple Awards was canceled due to the stay-at-home order. In lieu of an in-person event, VIPS presented an Apple Recognition Virtual Event. “These heartfelt recognitions remind our schools and the community of how much we value school volunteers and understand the impact of community involvement in public schools,” said Kaia Simmons, VIPS volunteer and community partners director.