Marie Huenefeld, who retired after 28 years on the Mariemont Board of Education, is the inaugural recipient of an award created by the school district in her honor.
Huenefeld, who was first elected to the school board in 1987 and served five times as president, was honored in a surprise ceremony.
“We were inspired to create this award by the quiet compassion and generosity demonstrated by Marie throughout the entire tenure of her service to our school district and community,” said Steven Estepp, superintendent of Mariemont City Schools.
The Marie Huenefeld Friend of the School Award will be awarded to a person each year for outstanding contributions to the Mariemont City School District.
“We feel it is our obligation and honor to recognize individuals whose service has helped advance the educational experience in the Mariemont City School District,” said Estepp. “We are fortunate to have an active and engaged community and the support we receive from our community is critical to helping guide our work to go beyond the norm and enhance the experience for all who enter our schools.”
In the Greater Cincinnati volunteer community, Huenefeld is known for her efforts on behalf of Children’s Convalescent Hospital through the Cincinnati Art & Antiques Festival, for years of involvement with the Cincinnati Flower Show and for work on behalf of the Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding for the Handicapped program, among others.