Kelly Croy, Hal and Diane Hawk earn Port Clinton Schools Flagship Awards

Nov 21, 2023 | Schools | 0 comments

The Port Clinton City School District’s Board of Education has announced its Flagship Award winners. From left to right are Port Clinton Board of Education Vice President Michele Mueller; Flagship Award recipients Diane Hawk (Crew Award) and Kelly Croy (Captain Award); and School Board President Beth Benko and Superintendent of Schools Patrick Adkins.

The Flagship Awards are part of Port Clinton City School District’s recognition program to honor parents, community members, and staff that help the district fulfill its motto: Proudly Charting a Course for Success. There are three Flagship Award categories: Captain for staff, First Mate for parents, and Crew for the community. At a recent meeting of the Port Clinton Board of Education recognized the following individuals with Flagship Awards.

Hal and Diane Hawk, Crew Award: True friends of the Port Clinton City School District, Hal and Diane (Warnke) Hawk generously take care of the needs of the Port Clinton community, such as sponsoring community meals at Bistro 163, which helps the school family. They are always ready and willing to support any of the needs of education and students.

Recently, Diane spearheaded a concert with alumnus Jill Felber that raised more than $31,000 for the Port Clinton Schools Music Department in order to purchase new instruments.

Over the years the Port Clinton Band had countless other needs generously taken care of, and in most cases done quietly without any fanfare. The Earl E. Warnke Music Center at Port Clinton High School, the beautiful Donor Plaza at True-Lay Stadium, the band equipment truck and new uniforms for the Port Clinton Band are just a few of the things made possible by the Hawks.

Their giving spirit goes beyond students and Port Clinton Schools, as the Hawk Family helps to make the entire community better. The Port Clinton Board of Education is extremely grateful to them, and in its appreciation has presented the couple a Flagship Crew Award.

Kelly Croy, Captain Award: As the Director of Innovation and Instruction, Kelly Croy helps develop curriculum and programs at Port Clinton City Schools. He also coordinates Professional Development to help teachers inspire students in the classrooms and helps promote efficient methods of instruction. In the past few years, Croy has been involved in the creation of many innovative programs for the Port Clinton City School District.

That includes A Maker’s Space at Bataan Memorial, where students create with LEGOS; a magnetic wall which helps with problem solving skills and STEM learning.

Port Clinton now has an E-Sports Team thanks to Croy’s innovations, and literacy skills are now the focus of the Port Clinton High School RED (Read Every Day) program that began last year with the help of Lori Scalf. Croy is always willing and available to help educators and diligently looking for the next big innovation to improve learning and academic success at Port Clinton Schools.

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