By Robert Ostman
Lee Elementary School has honored Jenny Platt, a long-time volunteer and school parent, as its 2018-19 Hero of the Heart in a presentation before the Los Alamitos Unified school board.
“The community of Lee Elementary School is affectionately known as the FamLEE,” said Principal Amy Laughlin, “and our Jenny Platt is the finest example of a FamLEE member— selfless, caring, empathetic, creative and kind.”
In her eight years of volunteering at Lee, Platt has been PTA Executive Secretary, PTA Auditor, Gently Used Book Sale Coordinator, Kinder Play Date Coordinator, Red Ribbon Week Coordinator, and Teacher Appreciation Chair. Currently, she is the Project LEAP President, PTA Membership Chair, PTA Volunteer Coordinator, PTA Room Parent Lead, room parent in two classrooms, and, Laughlin said, behind the scenes in literally every school function.
“Jenny’s endless energy and dedication to Lee is an inspiration. She puts her heart and soul into every event, simply to make it memorable for all families,” the principal said. “We are fortunate to have Jenny bring so much joy to so many lives.”
Laughlin said Platt is a community leader with deep roots in Los Alamitos. She and her husband, Darrenn, have lived in the community for 24 years. Their oldest son, Dylan, is a Los Alamitos High grad. Their daughter, Emma, is a sixth-grader at Oak, and their youngest children, Landon and Charlotte, attend Lee.
In accepting the award, Platt said she felt blessed and honored. “I am just a teeny tiny part of what makes Lee special. I get to be part of an amazing team of volunteers. I love being at Lee. From the moment I walk on campus every day I feel happy.”
School Board member Diana Hill congratulated Platt and said, “It’s really important to have people like you in our schools and in our community; it’s what makes it really special.”
Lee Elementary School has honored
Jenny Platt, Lee Elementary School volunteer, and school parent, is pictured with Principal Amy Laughlin, right, and School Board member Diana Hill, left.
Jenny Platt, pictured with her family.