Volunteers and teachers were recently honored by local schools for their dedication. Each Everett School District school was able to recognize dedicated individuals with the Golden Acorn Award, Outstanding Educator Award and the Outstanding Advocate Award.
A Golden Acorn Award is presented to a volunteer in recognition of his/her dedication and service to children and youth.
This year’s winners from Mill Creek-area schools include: Kathi Guffey (Jackson High School), Jon Enroth (Heatherwood Middle), Mildred VandeCarr (Gateway Middle), Kim Johansen, Carol Roe and Cindy Stanley (Cedar Wood Elementary), Debbie Fitz, Susan Linsenmayer and Carol Grosvenor (Mill Creek Elementary), Vickie Metcalfe and Cathy Phipps (Penny Creek Elementary), Dawn Adams and Traci Quintella (Silver Firs Elementary) and Judy Byrne and Christa Pederson (Woodside Elementary).
The Outstanding Educator Award was created to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding educational opportunities for children and youth that are beyond the normal scope of their jobs.
This year’s winners include: Peggy Thesing (Jackson), Marvin Denman and Dave Stangland (Heatherwood), Joe Gudorf and Shelley Logan (Gateway), Connie Gagnon (Mill Creek), Janet Erickson (Penny Creek), Patty Gauksheim, Dorothy Jorgensen, Nikko Linn and Sheryl Withrow (Silver Firs) and Vanee Ashby and Salli Smith (Woodside).
In 2004, the Washington State PTA established the Outstanding Advocate Award, a new statewide volunteer recognition program to recognize and honor individuals for their advocacy work on behalf of children and youth.
Jackson High PTSA recognized two dedicated individuals with this award: principal Terry Cheshire and community activist Jeff Heckathorn.