Six people have been named 2012-13 Valuable Volunteers by the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
The foundation will award $500 to each volunteer's school. The winners are:
• Sunshine Dukes for Rogers Middle School, 4000 N Spencer, in Spencer. Dukes volunteers 10 to 15 hours each week at the school. The mother of three is president of the school Parent Teacher Student Association. She also volunteers at Spencer Elementary School. She was nominated by Rogers volunteer coordinator Carol Fletcher-Knight.
• Terry Harris for John Marshall High School, 12201 N Portland. Harris is a longtime volunteer who leads the John Marshall Foundation, which provides college scholarships to graduates. He was nominated by teacher Shelly Campbell.
• Andrew James for Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, 1201 NE 48. James volunteers at the school every day and does a variety of tasks, such as washing uniforms, helping teachers and organizing fundraisers. He serves on the school Parent Teacher Association and the Community Advisory Board. He was nominated by Principal Ethel Grubbs.
• Darron Lamkin for Northeast Academy of Health Sciences and Engineering, 3100 N Kelley. Lamkin has spent more than 1,200 hours volunteering at the school during the past two years. The graduate student serves as a mentor and helps encourage students to prepare for and go on to college. He was nominated by teacher Jennifer Ceville.
• Jana Mellen for Wilson Elementary School, 501 NW 21. The mother of two helps in the library, main office and with the Parent Teacher Association. She was nominated by teacher Debbie Brashier.
• Darin Nelson for Linwood Elementary School, 3416 NW 17. Nelson has tutored students of all ages at Linwood every week for the past three years. He was nominated by teacher Laurie Cochran.