Eugene Policelli Service Awards
Back row (left to right): Lisa Maneeley, Diane Behler, Matthew Riley, Ann Policelli-Cronin, Carol Driscoll
Front row (left to right): Dr. Kate Carter, Alice Marie Pandozzi, Nicole Cartier, David S. Joy
Photo taken by Curtis Benashski
On May 6, the South Windsor Board of Education announced the recipients of the 12th annual Eugene Policelli Service Awards at a ceremony held at South Windsor High School. The service awards were created in honor and memory of Dr. Eugene Policelli who served on the board of education from 1985 to 1998.
Each year, as many as three citizens and three South Windsor High School seniors may be selected for this honor. The honorees names are inscribed on commemorative plaques located in the main entrance of South Windsor High School. The honorees are selected on the basis of their outstanding contributions to the town of South Windsor through voluntary service. Alice Maria Pandozzi was the recipient of the citizen award and Nicole Cartier received the student award.
Nicole is a senior at South Windsor High School and has been involved in service to both her school and community throughout her high school years. She is one of those remarkable people who is always there when needed, but never seeks the limelight.
Nicole is a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club, otherwise known as SADD. The club is a peer leadership group dedicated to preventing destructive decisions such as underage drinking, drug use, impaired driving, teen violence and teen depression and suicide. As a member Nicole has helped deliver education and prevention messages through both school and community activities.
Nicole is also a member of the Buddies Club. In her role she visits Wapping Elementary School to work side by side with first and second grade teachers as instructional aides and buddies to their students.
Nicole’s most extraordinary gift is the ability to “pay it forward.” As a young child, Nicole became very ill and was hospitalized. From that experience she developed a deep sense of responsibility to help others receive the care that she did. To do so, Nicole has volunteered for the Children’s Miracle Network tending to tasks such as donation processing, stuffing and mailing communications and creating contact lists for fund-raising events. Additionally, she attends fundraising events to share her story with attendees. Nicole also coordinated a mini dance marathon at South Windsor Hospital with the proceeds being donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Alice Marie Pandozzi
Alice Marie Pandozzi has been serving the South Windsor Community for more than 40 years. Whether volunteering for school, library, church or community events she is known as a capable leader who brings out the strengths and abilities of all who work with her. She has volunteered countless hours and raised tens of thousands of dollars to benefit so many in the South Windsor community.
In the early 70’s Alice Marie was instrumental in the grass roots effort to re-open Wood Memorial Library after the public library opened. She worked on the subsequent incorporation of the Friends of Wood Memorial Library, a privately funded public library. She has served on the Board of Trustees, and has provided leadership for the historical home tours, craft shows, book sales, Christmas fairs, and the committee to make the library handicap accessible.
Alice Marie was past president of the Wednesday Afternoon Club, a book and discussion group. Under her leadership, the group also engaged in a yearly fundraiser which provided donations to the Boundless Playground, the South Windsor Food Bank, the Safe House for children in crisis, and the convalescent home on Main Street.
As a member of the South Windsor Historical Society, she chaired the bi-annual Main Street Christmas Walk. This is an enormous undertaking and a much anticipated community event. Through her efforts more than $100,000 was raised to benefit the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse museum. Over the years, thousands of school children and residents have visited the schoolhouse to learn about South Windsor history.
As a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Alice Marie worked closely with their minister on a variety of projects. Most notable was her insistence and encouragement to establish a weekly visitation program for the residents of the South Windsor Convalescent Home and increased involvement in the Immaculate Conception Shelter food assistance program.
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