Peggy Ruppenkamp Honored with “Lights On Afterschool” Award
On October 17, 2012, the Maryland State Department of Education recognized Peggy Ruppenkamp, site leader of Washington Middle School’s 21st Century Afterschool Program, with their annual Lights On Afterschool award for her commitment and dedication to quality afterschool programming.
Each October, nearly 7,500 communities nationwide celebrate Lights On Afterschool in an effort to raise awareness of afterschool programs that allow students to participate in academic and extracurricular enrichment activities designed to improved attendance, academic success, and attitudes about learning. Lights On Afterschool calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources necessary to keep the lights on and the doors open.
“It was an honor and privilege, on behalf of Allegany County Public Schools, to nominate Mrs. Ruppenkamp for the Lights On Afterschool award,” said Kevin Williams, Coordinator for the 21st Century Program. “Mrs. Ruppenkamp epitomizes the ideals of an effective educator and her unwavering zeal as an educator, mentor, and advocate for quality afterschool programming, make her a most deserving recipient.”
For more information on afterschool programs or to enroll a student in programs at Braddock or Washington Middle Schools, contact Mr. Williams at 301-777-7990 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: Peggy Ruppenkamp receiving her award from Dr. John Smeallie, Deputy State Superintendent for Administration; Kelly Coates, Coordinator of Afterschool Programs for MSDE; and Rain Pryor, guest speaker at the event.