At the recent United Way of Hampshire County campaign celebration luncheon, Williston teacher Bob Blanchette was recognized as the most valuable employee campaign coordinator for the UWHC’s annual campaign. For the past three years, Bob has led the charge to rejuvenate the United Way annual campaign throughout the campus of The Williston Northampton School.
Bob became Williston’s campus coordinator for the United Way in 2009, and has been a donor for decades. Since he began coordinating, the school’s overall giving has increased each year, and this year, gifts nearly doubled. Bob says, “I am hopeful that the momentum we have built will continue for many years to come, because I believe it is very important that those of us who have the financial resources agree to help our friends and neighbors in the Valley who are in need of our support.”
Bob, who will retire at the end of this school year, was joined in making appeals this year by staff member Dan Curylo, who will continue next year, assisted by faculty member Allison Marsland. “There is no doubt that Dan’s involvement helped a great deal this year, and it was terrific to have such an enthusiastic partner,” Bob says.
Since coming to Williston in 1972, Bob has taught French, was director of admission, and taught math, as well as advising the academic and investing clubs and serving as president of Williston’s Cum Laude Society.