APS News Release

Oakridge Parent Chosen as Outstanding Adult Volunteer

Oakridge Elementary School parent Dana Dougherty was selected as a 2018 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award Recipient by Governor Ralph Northam. Dougherty along with eight others during an awards ceremony held at the Executive Mansion yesterday evening.

The annual awards program spotlights the outstanding efforts individual volunteers and organizations make on behalf of citizens throughout the Commonwealth.

Dougherty has made it a personal mission to make sure that students in the region have multiple opportunities to improve their health. She created 2Fit2Quit, a program that educates Oakridge staff and parents about the benefits of “brain breaks” and movement throughout the school day.

Through her efforts, funding was received to purchase exercise balls, wobbly stools, and pedal desks for classrooms. Dougherty also spends countless hours running an “all are welcome” fitness program for students and families at Oakridge Elementary.