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Fairfield couple receive education award

The Fairfield PTA Council announced today their selection of John and Michele Mitola as joint recipients of the 2013 Alis B. McGrath Friend of Education Award.

The award is given each year to a member of the Fairfield community who has shown his/her commitment to excellence in education by demonstrating clear leadership and making a significant contribution to the betterment of children in the public schools.

The Mitolas will be honored at a ceremony at the Board of Education Center on Jan. 14. They were nominated by Monica Fahrer and Brenda Steele.

“A primary mission of the PTA is to ‘support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children,’” said Fahrer and Steele in their nomination. “John and Michele embody this statement perfectly. They have prioritized the education of Fairfield’s youth from working with children in extracurricular activities to spending countless hours advocating for their best interests.”

A Fairfield native, Mr. Mitola served on the Board of Education from 2005 to 2011, serving as vice chairman in his last year. He also served on the school building committees for Burr and McKinley elementary schools. In 2011, he was elected to serve as a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) representing District 2. The father of two boys, Mitola has also coached his sons’ baseball teams and is a board member of the Fairfield National Little League.

Mrs. Mitola has also been a strong advocate for education, serving on the Jennings PTA Executive Board for the past six years. She has served as vice president of After School Programs & Literacy at Jennings and for the past five years, has represented Jennings as its education budget review delegate.

“The Fairfield PTA Council is delighted and proud to honor John and Michele and their accomplishments over many years of volunteering in the PTA, the Board of Education and numerous committees within the Fairfield school system and in the larger community,” said Leonora Campbell, chair of the PTA Council’s Awards Committee.

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