Today was one of those days. The highlight, though, happened this evening. I attended the Upper Dauphin Area School Board meeting, Upper Dauphin being the district from which I retired.
I was there to give out two awards, one to a teacher and one to a paraprofessional. Each year the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presents the Lauretta Woodson Award to two school employees. The schools chosen are on a rotating basis and this year Upper Dauphin was up. As board rep for the organization it was my job to contact the superintendent and ask him to pick the two deserving individuals.
Once picked I asked to attend a Board meeting so that I could present the awards. Today was that day.
A little background on the award. Dr. Woodson was a life member of PASR who rose through the ranks of the association. Upon her passing, she bequeathed a sum of money to PASR to be used for the support of public education.The purpose of the Lauretta Woodson Recognition Program is to honor one educator and one support professional for doing an outstanding job within a district or school.
The recipients of this year’s award were Mark Dietrich, high school Ag teacher for over 30 years, and Sally Lucas, elementary teacher’s assistant for over 30 years.
I can’t think of two more deserving people to receive this award. Congratulations Mark and Sally.