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Unsung Heroes program celebrates support professionals

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week from May 6 to 10, 2019, CAPS (Council for the Advancement of Public Schools) and the Pennsylvania State Education Association/Mideastern Region (PSEA/MER) are sponsoring an Unsung Heroes campaign to spotlight the key roles played by support professionals who work in the public schools of Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Every week through April 30, one hero is being featured online and on the CAPS Facebook page and the public is encouraged to vote for the grand prize winner.

Four public school professionals were nominated as an “Unsung Hero” by their colleagues to represent the thousands who work to ensure that every child in the public schools has the support needed to be successful in school and in life.

Selected for this award are:
– Jeff Klein, school counselor, Tamanend Middle School, Central Bucks Education Association member;
– Ellen Zschunke, librarian/media specialist, Pine Road Elementary School, Lower Moreland Education Association member;
– Jacqui Owens, social worker, Bensalem Township Education Association member;
– Katie Engelhardt, nurse, Bucks County Technical High School Education Association member.

The four professionals will each be awarded a grant of $1,000 with the grand prize winner receiving a $2,000 grant for a school project of their choice, thanks to PSEA/MER and CAPS. Anticipated projects include a mural painted in the school’s gym to recognize students’ contribution to a 20-year fund-raising partnership; Playaway audio books to support students with a variety of needs; mindfulness materials for every school in the district; a new automated external defibrillator, an increase in the offerings of a “Comfort Closet,” and expanding support and preventive services through a Student Assistance Program.

To vote, visit

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