Cheree Folts, director of York Parks and Recreation, was honored at York College on Friday with the Good Neighbor Award for her service to students. 

The Good Neighbor Award is presented to community members who have been important partners in the success of York College and its students. Previous recipients of the award are Scott Koch, retired public school administrator; Lonnie Berger, owner of Wendy’s in York; and Steve Moseley, journalist with the York News-Times.

Folts was recognized with the Good Neighbor Award for her dedication to the community and her willingness to assist York College students in many ways, including providing equipment and facilities for student activities; incorporating students into intramural leagues; and employing students as lifeguards and referees. Folts also works with the Levitt School of Business at York College to provide internships and other learning opportunities for students in the sports management program.

Born and raised in York, Folts has worked for the city for nine years. She is known for her drive, passion for her community and ability to create a positive and fun environment. During her five years as director of York Parks and Recreation she has grown the department to be one of best in the state, and was named Outstanding Recreation Professional by the Nebraska Parks and Recreation Association in 2014-2015. Cheree and her husband Michael have two sons, Chace and Cannen.