McGaugh Elementary names Leanne Voigt Hero of the Heart

McGaugh Elementary School has honored Leanne Voigt, a long-time volunteer and school parent, as its 2019 Hero of the Heart in a presentation before the Los Alamitos Unified school board.

“To give real service you must add something that cannot be bought or measured with money and that is sincerity and integrity,” said Principal Roni Ellis. “I don’t know that we could pick a better person who models those qualities.”

Voigt, a Seal Beach resident whose three children all have attended McGaugh, has volunteered as a room parent for 10 years while also serving as President of Project Seek — the major fundraising group at the school — for two years, vice-president of the PTA, parent coordinator for the 4th-grade Sacramento trip, 5th-grade activities director, book fair chair, art lab volunteer, liaison for the annual Pageant of the Arts, and leader of efforts in the school community to pass the Measure G bond issue.

Ellis said Voigt is “talented, creative and always present. You are gracious, kind, highly skilled— a great role model. We could not be prouder of you, and we are sincerely grateful for what you’ve done for us.”

In accepting the award, Voigt said she chose to serve the school community because she loves doing it and because “it’s been a privilege. I am really humbled by this.”

This article was released by the Los Alamitos Unified School District.