VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Lillian Spiegler, a 100-year-old volunteer, was recognized with a special honor from the Valhalla Board of Education for her years of dedication to the district.
Spiegler was honored Oct. 20 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for nearly 15 years of volunteering at Virginia Road Elementary School.
The special occasion was part of the Valhalla Volunteer Service Award program, a new initiative aimed at inspiring volunteerism.
“I’m on cloud nine,” Spiegler said at the board meeting after accepting a plaque. “I’m completely overwhelmed. It’s better to give than to receive. I’m giving my time, but I receive a lot from these students.”
The program’s goal is to encourage more individuals, both students and adults, to give back to the local community. All Valhalla residents are invited to participate, regardless of age or involvement with the school district.
“We couldn’t think of a more fitting beginning to this program,” said School Board Member Robert Ierace.
This year marks Spiegler’s 14th year of volunteering in the Valhalla Union Free School District. She currently works with a kindergarten class one morning per week. She reads to the children, shares her experiences and helps them with their work.
“You are the pinnacle of what we all try to become,” Valhalla High School Principal Jon Thomas said to Spiegler at the board meeting. “The board values community service,” said Superintendent Brenda Myers, “and we want to pass that on to our children.”