Barb Bossu Volunteer Awards

About Barb Bossu Volunteer Spirit Awards

Barb Bossu was as enthusiastic parent volunteer and the Union Elementary PTA president at the time of her death. The Volunteer Spirit Award was established in 1990 to commemorate her very special dedication to public education by honoring annually a volunteer at the district level and then one from every Lakota school.

Based on nominations, each school selects its own award recipient, and all of these special volunteers are honored at a district-wide ceremony at the end of the school year. The district honoree is selected by the DPC.

Anyone in the school community is invited to nominate a school or district volunteer for the Barb Bossu Award. Everyone is encouraged to take a moment to consider nominating a volunteer who is making positive things happen in their building or in the district. It is your opportunity to demonstrate your appreciation for the volunteers that truly make Lakota a special place to educate children.

Nomination Criteria

  • The nominee must be currently involved as a volunteer with a Lakota school or at the district level, but does not need to be a PTA, PTO, or PTSO member.

  • The nominee may be a highly-visible, well-known leader or a behind-the-scenes volunteer. Regardless, he or she should dedicate a lot of time and energy to children at the school or at the district level.

  • Staff members may be nominated based on what they do for children outside the realm of their daily job responsibilities.

The Nomination Process and District Nomination Form

The nomination process for volunteers at both the building and district levels will take place near the end of the third quarter each school year. The selection of each school's recipient from the nomination process will be made by a committee. The parent organization in each building will share information about the nomination process (including a nomination form) through school emails. Information will also be distributed via district-wide communications.

Click here for this year's district nomination form. Use this nomination form to recognize a volunteer who is making a positive impact in our district where students are impacted, and who gives their time unselfishly to the Lakota district. Please email completed nominations to or by March 22, 2019.

Barb Bossu Winners

Barb Bossu award winners