At the May 11 North Royalton Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Greg Gurka announced that Diane Mastronicolas, owner of Mastro’s The 3 Spot restaurant in North Royalton was the 2014-15 Friend of Education. This annual award goes to a person or persons who have greatly contributed to the school district and helped inspire and empower students and make North Royalton a great place. Diane also recently received a PTA Achievement Award.
“I have always said that the schools cannot do what we do alone,” said Gurka. “It is through a collective effort of the entire community that allows us to do what we do, including all the many contributions Diane has made.”
“Diane is a perfect example of having the larger picture of the North Royalton community first and foremost in their mind,” said Gurka. “ As a parent, she has been a key player in her children’s education and supporter of all they do and did as students. She volunteered to work with the teams, coaches and groups to not only make sure that her kids excelled, but make sure that all kids involved in those activities excelled. As a local business owner of 3 Spot, she again makes sure that all of our students and staff are taken care of and make sure that we have the support we need in many ways.”
Diane has provided services for any one of the numerous North Royalton City School events. She has invested in the Stadium Foundation with significant donations so that all students have the opportunity to experience first class conditions.
“And, as a true friend would do, it also means putting your neck out and taking a stance as only a friend would do,” said Gurka. “When asked by the bond issue committee if she would help, she not only stepped up, but did so without regard for herself and put placemats on the tables of her restaurant which displayed bond issue information with no thought or care of losing business because maybe someone disagreed with it.”
“Diane has never said no when it comes to supporting the North Royalton Schools and their programs and events,” said Board President Anne Reinkober. “The board salutes Diane for being a true Friend of Education.”