Jennifer DiDomenico

For the News-Gazette

For promoting new ways to create a healthy school environment at Celebration K-8, a local woman was named the Osceola School District adult volunteer of the year.

According to School District officials, Laure Dejeant was instrumental in the implementation of the Celebration school’s wellness guidelines and has created healthier celebrations, events, fundraisers and awards, including a redesign of the lunchroom, seven new floor activities for the recess area, an NBA fit clinic, a schoolwide subscription to Adventures in Fitness and more.

“I am so proud and honored to receive this award. Studies show that students who eat a fresh, nutritious diet, and who are physically active during the school day, perform better academically,” said Dejeant. “Thank you to the School District of Osceola County, as well as to the fantastic Celebration K-8 School administration, for supporting initiatives that help students build a bright and healthy future.”

Dejeant has won eight grants, totaling $21,535, to conduct school-based, health-promoting initiatives.

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, the statewide Outstanding School Volunteer Award competition recognizes the many school volunteers who give their time and efforts to help students and schools.

Jesus Arroyo’s dedication to the AVID program at Poinciana High School named him district youth volunteer of the year, while Thomas Bell (Coach Bell) is representing Osceola County’s outstanding volunteers as the district senior volunteer of the year at Osceola High School.