For the Cumberland Times-News
OAKLAND — Garrett Mentors Inc., based in Oakland, will receive the newly created Golden Apple award from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on Thursday morning at Route 40 Elementary School.
The award recognizes outstanding volunteers, organizations and individuals within the Maryland public school system, according to Christine Duray Feldmann in the Office of Communications for the comptroller.
One winner for each jurisdiction in Maryland is selected by a panel of judges based on a demonstration of superior volunteer work in the state’s public schools.
Garrett Mentors director Tricia Cheesman recently received confirmation of the award from Feldmann.
“Congratulations to you and all of Garrett Mentors for winning this award,” Feldmann said. “I’d like every mentor to know about this as it is a tribute to them.”
“Countless numbers of men, women and organizations donate their time and resources to volunteer at public schools throughout the state, all without pay and, sometimes, without any recognition,” Franchot said. “This award provides the accolades these volunteers truly deserve."
Currently, Garrett Mentors serves 116 children in eight elementary schools in the county, according to the website.
Franchot will present the award to Cheesman and the Garrett Mentors Board of Directors on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Route 40 Elementary School.