Sam Hyratt is the heart and soul of Campbellfield Public School.
The mother-of-three is the school’s P and C president, has been an advocate for healthy eating and has helped spread awareness about Autism.
Ms Hyratt was rewarded for her great work when she was named the NSW Ministers and Secretaries Public School’s 2018 Parent of the Year at Sydney Town Hall last week.
The awards acknowledge individuals for outstanding achievement and service to their public school.
The Bradbury mum said it was a shock to receive the Parent of the Year award.
“My partner nominated me for doing quite a lot of things at the school so I knew I was in the running but I didn’t expect to win,” Ms Hyratt said.
“There are so many parents out there who do amazing things so I’m very proud to win.”
Ms Hyratt’s three children Owen (Year 6), James (Year 1) and Claire (Kindergarten) all attend the school.
Her sons both have Autism and Ms Hyratt started volunteering at Campbellfield Public School when Owen began his school journey.
“I got involved with the school because I wanted to make a difference for Owen,” Ms Hyratt said.
“I wanted to show that Owen was different, but he was no less of a student.
“I had no real experience in volunteering.”
We are incredibly proud of Sam. She is an ambassador for Campbellfield Public School and the wider community of Minto.”School principal Nicole Wade
Ms Hyratt has left her mark at the Minto school over the past six years.
Her achievements have included establishing the Campbellfield Shines Cafe to provide free breakfast each morning for students, parents and teachers.
She teamed up with Foodbank NSW to provide free hampers for the families in need of support each Friday.
Ms Hyratt instigated the Teacher’s Pack Program which provides lunch to the school’s teachers for a gold coin donation.
She has also done her bit to support kids with Autism and disabilities.
She runs an annual Autism Awareness Day at Campbellfield Public School and helped successfully obtain a $60,000 grant to build a sensory spaces area and mobile kits for students with a disability or who have trauma issues.
Ms Hyratt said she was proud to volunteer each day at the school.
“I love the school, we are a tight-knit community,” she said.
Campbellfield Public School principal Nicole Wade said Ms Hyratt was an “inspirational woman”.
“Sam has had a significant impact on the lives of our students, staff and families,” she said.
“We are incredibly proud of Sam. She is an ambassador for Campbellfield and the wider community of Minto.”
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