Sybil Wiggins of St. Mary Parish has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, also called A+PEL. She, along with 19 other volunteers from across Louisiana, was honored at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge on June 8.
Wiggins was nominated for her service at Wyandotte Elementary School, where Barbara Leleux is principal. Her volunteer duties include assisting teachers in daily tasks, assisting with the book fair and the Spring Fest, organizing school fund-raisers and the principal’s list breakfast, and assisting with the Christmas Blitz. She also helps teachers put together Louisiana Heritage Day.
“Mrs. Wiggins is worthy of this honor because she spends most of her time assisting our teachers and helping create a joyful school environment. She is always there to help make our jobs easier,” Leleux said. “Her assistance is truly appreciated by all Wyandotte faculty and staff. Wyandotte Elementary is fortunate to have such a dedicated volunteer at our school!”
Wiggins grew up in Amelia, and graduated from Morgan City High School and Delta College with a degree in cosmetology, which she has been practicing for 17 years. She has been mar-ried to Tommy Wiggins for 13 years and has two sons, Drake and Ethan.
“I never thought I could make a difference in some-one’s life by just volunteering my free time. However, I realize the students are very happy to take part in all the activities and receive all the rewards that Wyandotte’s Parent Advisory Council provides. I hope to continue volunteering for as long as I can at Wyandotte,” Wiggins said.
A+PEL members through-out Louisiana nominated the 20 recipients of this year’s Volunteer of the Year awards, which included recipients from Acadia, Ascension, Caddo, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Morehouse, Or-leans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Rapides, Richland, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Union parishes.
A+PEL is the association for educators committed to improving education for students. By focusing on professional development, teacher advocacy and excellence in education, A+PEL empowers Louisiana’s stu-dents to become lifelong learners and productive citizens. A+PEL believes teaching is a profession and concentrates its efforts on education issues and building capacity for teach-ing and learning. As a service to its members, A+PEL provides liability insurance coverage, a legal advisory network, governmental affairs representation, professional development opportunities, scholarships and grants.
For more information regarding A+PEL or the Volunteer of the Year award, please visit www.APEL educators.org or call 800-364-2735.