Hyannis, Mass, February 20, 2012 – The American Red Cross Cape Cod and Islands Chapter and Cape and Islands United Way will be honoring Frederik Bommer of Centerville as an Adult Mentor/Role Model Hero during the 10th Annual Heroes Breakfast. The event will be held at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis on March 30, 2012, from 7:00-9:00 am.
Frederick Bommer has been a long-time volunteer at the Horace Mann Charter School in Marstons Mills. Mr. Bommer, who is 83 years young, began volunteering as a math teacher at the former Barnstable Grade Five School in Hyannis in 1994. When that school closed in 2004, he moved with the staff to the current Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School (BHMCS) in Marstons Mills, which services all fourth and fifth graders in the Town of Barnstable. Teaching up to 120 high-ability math students each school year for the past 18 years, Fred Bommer works two full days and one half day with children who quickly grow fond of his engaging manner and exceptional ability to make math, and spending time with him, the highlight of the day for these students.
In the BHMCS lobby a plaque is displayed noting two students each year who are the recipients of the “Fred Bommer Math Award”, which was created in his honor, and is presented each year to two students recommended by him who have excelled in his classes. One parent, whose five sons have all studied with Mr. Bommer, one of whom received the math award, noted that Fred Bommer is “a treasure beyond measure!”
Dr. Kara Peterson, principal of BHMCS, said: “Fred Bommer is the epitome of what a mentor, teacher, and volunteer can be. Generous with his time, Fred has not only impacted thousands of children in his math classes, he has also served as an inspiration to staff, leaders, and fellow volunteers in his daily interactions at BHMCS!”
This year, for the second year in a row, Mr. Bommer is helping a student committee with a coat drive to benefit the homeless on Cape Cod. Last year 45 winter coats were collected, which Mr. Bommer and his wife, Delores, distributed to local shelters. His dedication to this cause continues this year, and the goal of collecting 89 items to represent the 89 days of winter is nearing success!
The public is invited to join the American Red Cross, Cape and Islands Chapter and the Cape & Islands United Way on March 30th to honor Fred Bommer as the Adult Mentor/Role Model Hero along with many other heroes from Cape Cod , Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket at the 10th Annual Heroes Breakfast. Tickets for the Breakfast are available via redcross.org/ma/hyannis, uwcapecod.org or by calling (508) 775-1540 ext. 21.