At the March 20 School Board meeting, high school band director Jason Cheskawich was honored with the School Board's Extra Mile Award. Nominated by Mrs. Jodi Kubit, her nomination states, "In addition to the many concerts and events that Mr. Cheskawich coordinates to promote our high school musicians and our community, such as the exceptionally successful United States Air Force Singing Sergeants Concert this fall, he tirelessly works over the summer and all throughout the fall to make sure our students put on the best show that they can for our students, parents and community during football season. They work hard, but they have fun too. At the same time, he runs concert band and wind ensemble classes and concerts, teaches music theory and music technology and has multiple small ensembles that he directs. Mr. Cheskawich reaches out to our younger students in the district in hopes of them continuing their pursuit of music in high school. He hosts the 5th grade band students from across the district at a football game and the 8th grade band students at our band festival. He sends current high school students to the middle school to talk to eighth graders about joining band at high school. He even invited 8th grade band members to serve as ushers at a high school concert so that they could start connecting with the high school. He is always looking for ways to keep kids involved in his passion - music.
Mr. Cheskawich continues to be a strong advocate for fine arts education in our district. At concerts he often speaks about how thankful he is that Mt. Lebanon supports Fine Arts the way they do.
To summarize, I am nominating Mr. Cheskawich because I think that he goes the Extra Mile for our students every day and this year he probably went an Extra Few Miles! He does it because of his love of teaching music and of fine arts and I would love to see him be recognized for what he did for our students and our district this year."