IPSF and PTA team up to recognize this year’s outstanding volunteers and leaders


A Woodbury Elementary School mom has been named IUSD’s top parent volunteer by the Irvine Public Schools Foundation.

Bonnie Barlow

Bonnie Barlow, who is credited with building student confidence and changing lives through dance courses at Woodbury, was surprised with the honor on June 2 at the annual IUSD Volunteer of the Year Awards luncheon, sponsored by IPSF and the Irvine Unified Council PTA.

More than 40 volunteers were recognized at the ceremony, which was held at the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center in Irvine. In addition to Barlow, who earned her school a $700 grant courtesy of IPSF, grade-level awards were presented to Renee Cinar of the Early Childhood Learning Center, Jacqueline and Lawrence Guzzetta of Sierra Vista Middle School and Becky MacIntosh of Irvine High School. Their schools will each receive $400 grants.

Meanwhile, the Irvine PTA also presented its Honorary Service Awards in recognition of outstanding service to children and youth. This year’s Special Person Award was presented to Diane Aviles, while the Honorary Service Award went to Kerri Fung and Irvine Teachers Association President Rick Seibert, and the Continuing Service Award was won by Carol Boland.

PTA’s highest honor, the Golden Oak Award, was presented to Superintendent Gwen Gross, who will retire at the end of the month.