Lincoln County School District selected two school volunteers to be recipients of the Tom Moore Memorial award this year: Julie Cook of Waldport and Kathy Windell of Newport. The individuals were nominated by principals in an area, then chosen by members of the leadership team at the District Office. “Both nominees are fine individuals who give a tremendous amount of time to our kids. Instead of choosing one over the other, we decided to honor them both with this award,” said Superintendent Steve Boynton.
South county winner Julie Cook volunteered daily at Crestview Heights in the Kindergarten rooms. As a retired resource teacher, Ms. Cook used her skills to build up students’ reading ability. She read stories to the students, and checked in daily with the Kindergarten teachers to let them know of students’ progress and what other skills she could emphasize with them. Ms. Cook also helped on the recent garden project by helping kids plant and teaching them how to care for plants, as well as how to transfer seedlings into gardens. “We love Mrs. Cook!” read the nomination in part.
West area winner Kathy Windell is “truly one of a kind volunteer,” states her nomination. She is also a retired teacher, and volunteered five days a week in a first grade classroom at Yaquina View, led daily reading groups and eagerly helped with any other needs. She starts each year by spending countless hours helping with registration, and assisted with vision, hearing and dental screening when needed. Mrs. Windell “truly knows what it takes to have a successful school and community. She has enriched countless lives in our community,” said her nominator.
“Please join me in recognizing and thanking these two individuals. They both truly exemplify the spirit of the Tom Moore Memorial Award, which is intended to honor members of the community who go above and beyond for our schools, as Mr. Moore did,” said Superintendent Boynton. Tom Moore was a former school board member who gave his all to the district and community.