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Celebration of Service: 57,165 Hours and 409 Awards District-Wide
Celebration of Service: 57,165 Hours and 409 Awards District-Wide

In 2007, the District became a certifying agent for the United States President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program. This program is designed to thank Americans who, by demonstrating their commitment, inspire others to serve.

Every year, students, parents and community groups are honored at the Celebration of Service for contributing thousands of hours of volunteer service. The 2018 Celebration of Service was held on Monday, November 13. Ariana, Gabi and Michael Feygin, students at Minnewashta and Minnetonka Middle School West, were keynote speakers. This year, 409 award recipients were honored. Together, these honorees reported 57,165 hours of service to our local and global communities.

Here are some highlights from the Nov. 13 program:

Bronze Award Recipients
We have 177 Bronze President's Volunteer Service Award recipients. For the Bronze Award, students 5-10 years old log at least 26 hours of service, Teens 11-15 years old log at least 50 hours of service, Young adults ages 16-25 log at least 100 hours.

Silver Award Recipients
We have 74 Silver President's Volunteer Service Awards. For the Silver Award, students 5-10 years old log at least 50 hours of service, teens 11-15 years old log at least 75 hours of service, young adults ages 16-25 log at least 175 hours.

Gold Award Recipients
Presented 158 Gold President's Volunteer Service Awards:

  • 1 student in the Kids (5-10 year old) category for logging 75 or more hours of service
  • 106 in the Teen category (11-15 years old) for giving at least 100 hours of service
  • 49 in the Young Adult (16-25 years old) category for giving at least 250 hours of service
  • 1 group award for giving at least 1,000 hours of service and
  • 1 adult award of more than 500 hours as well.

Minnetonka High School Varsity Letter in Community Service
54 MHS Varsity Letters in Community Service were awarded this year.

2018 Celebration of Service

To learn more about Tonka Serves and the PVSA program, please contact Ms. Michelle Seets, Community Service Specialist, Minnetonka Public Schools, telephone 952-401-5766 or email

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Minnewashta: Learning through a New Lens

Joy Curran and Heather Baker were awarded a Teacher Grant from the Minnetonka Schools Foundation to purchase virtual reality (VR) and altered reality (AR) equipment for students to use in the classroom.

We Are One Football Camp

The second annual "We Are One" football camp brought together a great group of students, grades 3-12 with special needs to the high school football field for an afternoon of fun and connection.

Celebration of Excellence

Who do you respect and admire? Nominations are open for Minnetonka Schools' annual Awards for Child-Centered Excellence. Nominations must be submitted by March 1.