Sheryl Lauria started her service to the school district in 1991 as an elementary school mother who was active in the Pashley School PTA, eventually becoming the Pashley PTA co-president, vice-president, committee chair of several different committees and a home-room mother. Sheryl also committed her time to being PTA President, vice-president and planning council representative for the BH-BL High School for many years. All three of Sheryl’s children became BH-BL graduates.
In 2007 the BH-BL High School PTA honored Sheryl with a Founder's Day Award in recognition of her continued volunteer time to all of the children of the BH-BL community. This is the highest award given by the BH-BL PTAs.
During these years she continued attending PTA meetings, volunteering to serve on district committees, and serving her community in many different aspects, including supporting the BH-BL sports programs through volunteer time as a board member on the BH-BL Field Hockey Booster Club, the BH-BL Football Booster Club and starting the BH-BL Lacrosse Booster Club and BH-BL Jr. Spartan Youth Lacrosse program.
Sheryl started working with the lacrosse program in Burnt Hills in 2003. She lobbied the school board for a high school program in 2004 and was successful as the boys program began its first junior varsity team. The girls followed in 2005 and both programs became varsity teams in 2006. Sheryl recently lobbied the school board to include a self-funded modified lacrosse program for the Spring of 2013.
Sheryl started the process of building the BH-BL Jr. Spartan Lacrosse program in 2004 with its first youth fall clinic held in September 2005. A full season of 200 youth lacrosse players established the program’s first spring schedule in 2006.
Sheryl also has committed her time to all of the youth lacrosse players in the entire Capital District by serving on the CDYLL board (Capital District Youth Lacrosse League) for the past five years. The CDYLL serves over 1200 youth lacrosse players in third through eighth grade.
Sheryl was honored with an “Outstanding Service Award” for her service to the lacrosse community by the Adirondack Chapter of US Lacrosse in 2008.