Platt parents honored for contributions to school

Principal Sheila Williams of Platt Technical High School was with Judy Tucker, Paul Buzzelle and Jan Buzzelle as they were honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools Volunteer Banquet at the Aqua Turf Club on March 11.

The association holds the event annually to publicly acknowledge the work of parents and other volunteers for their contributions to schools across the state.

Over 550 participants from 78 elementary, middle and high schools were treated to a four course meal and were entertained by pianist Kim Quinn from Albert D. Griswold Middle School in Rocky Hill.

Honorees were presented with plaques and corsages to commemorate their service.

John Maziarz, Commercial Sales Account Manager for Connecticut Natural Gas and a volunteer for Junior Achievement, was the keynote speaker. In his remarks Maziarz stated that, “Volunteers are the silent heroes of our schools.” He went on to say that “… they may be silent in what they do, but their impact is great.”

Paul and Jan Buzzelle have been active members of Platt Tech’s PFO since it first opened in the mid-1970s. They have supported their children, grandchildren and the entire school community through extensive fundraisers each year for the school.

Paul and Jan are at Platt almost daily and they can usually be found in the school’s restaurant, The Orchard, where their granddaughter is learning the culinary trade. The Buzzelles are an institution at Platt Tech, school officials said.

Judy Tucker has been president of the Platt Tech PFO for the past several years and remains this year, despite her son graduating last year. She has volunteered her time to help transition coordinated efforts with the Family Engagement Program.

Tucker was instrumental in planning Platt Tech’s Fall Festival and Car Cruise, which generated funds for the PFO.

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