The Los Alamitos Unified School District has honored Melendy Fabian and Eileen Kochevar for contributing numerous hours to support the staff, students and PTA at McAuliffe Middle School.
For the last two years, Fabian served as the parent volunteer coordinator in the busy campus media center that houses the library, five computer labs, and three classrooms. Prior to that, she was a volunteer for the center.
As the coordinator, Fabian organized volunteers to work shifts doing material check-out and check-in, and if a shift was not covered, she would take it. She also was available during the media center’s remodel, helping with the relocation of thousands of items. In addition, Fabian helped to restore numerous library and text books for students.
A spokesperson for media center staff said, “In addition to the media center hours, Melendy has helped with numerous other PTA functions. She is readily available, whenever she is not in the air (as a flight attendant for United Airlines). She is always a most sincere and generous volunteer helper. We sincerely appreciate all that Melendy has done for staff and students.”
Fabian’s daughter, Erin, will be attending high school in the fall.
Kochevar spent a great deal of time and energy in special education for several years at McAuliffe and routinely reported about it at PTA meetings.
An articulate, knowledgeable and outstanding presenter, Kochevar also helped with events such as the Fit-A-Thon to raise money for the school’s technology needs. First as co-chairperson for the fundraiser and then this year as its chairperson, she dealt specifically with the donations.
A school spokesperson said of Kochevar, “Her knowledge and her ability to relate information so that all understand what is going on is most commendable. I sincerely appreciate Eileen’s commitment to special education and her willingness to present information on a regular basis. Eileen is also very devoted to her family, which at the present time includes a son at the high school and a son, Andy, who attends McAuliffe.”