On Thursday, USD 251 teachers and staffers got a nice surprise from the Hopkins Foundation, as they awarded their Star Performer and WOW Awards. Friday, it was USD 252 South Lyon County's turn.
13 cash awards were given out Friday, 8 Star Performers at $1,500, and 5 WOW Awards at $1,000. Donna and Eric True both won Star Performer awards. Husband and wife, Donna works at Hartford High School, and Eric works at Olpe High School.
Eric True says it was a big surprise.
Both Eric and Donna True appreciate the Hopkins Foundation's support. Donna says it's nice to be recognized.
Other Star Performer winners included:
*Carson Stubbs, from Neosho Rapids Elementary.
*Linda Davis, from Olpe Elementary.
*Donna Arndt, from Neosho Rapids Elem.
*Shirley Langely, from Olpe Elem.
*Terry Smith, from Olpe High School.
*Jane Kelley, from Hartford High School.
WOW Award winners include:
*Susan Strunk, from Neosho Rapids Elem.
*Abby Geiger, from Olpe Elem.
*Ann Payton, from Hartford High.
*Emily Say, the district-wide food service director.
*Sally Pargman, a secretary at Olpe Elem.
Also, Emporia Christian School had its presentation Thursday. Teacher Harmony Beyer received the $1,500 Star Performer and staffer David Dexter received a $1,000 Wow Award.
Sacred Heart had its presentation Friday. Suella Touslee was the Star Performer, getting $1,500. The Wow Award winner of $1,000 was Joan Dold.
The program has now handed out better than $320,000 to over 160 teachers since it began.