|Frank Ptacek (center), a World War II veteran, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. They are joined by Ptacek’s mentee, Jony. Ptacek has volunteered for two years with United Way of Central Oklahoma to read with students at Kaiser Elementary School. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
United Way of Central OklahomaUnited Way of Central Oklahoma has selected Frank Ptacek of Oklahoma City as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol.
Frank, a World War II veteran, was selected because of his enduring commitment to the education and the well being of his mentees. Frank has been a mentor for two years working with students at Kaiser Elementary School.
“One of our favorite memories with Frank in this program is seeing how not just his mentees, but all the students react to seeing Frank walk in the room,” said Andrew Underkoffler, an AmeriCorps member who nominated Frank for the recognition.
United Way of Central Oklahoma partners with Oklahoma City Public Schools to provide tutoring and mentoring at Kaiser Elementary School. The program pairs a tutor with every second-grade student at Kaiser and focuses on improved reading comprehension skills and building positive self-esteem. Tutors spend one hour a week at the school, meeting with two students for 30 minutes each.
A retired tool and die maker for Zenith, Frank is a World War II Army Air Force veteran who flew a P-47 Thunderbolt on D-Day and completed a total of 100 missions. He married the girl of his youth and lost her after 69 years of marriage, almost two years ago. He's been volunteering to help give back to his community and to help youngsters improve their reading skills.