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Readiness to Learn honors ‘leaders in education’

Chief Executive Officer of Port Madison Enterprises (Clearwater Casino) Russell Steele, accepts an award from Dr. Sandra Cross, director of the human service program at Western Washington University, at an awards banquet May 7 at the Olympic Educational Service District 114 building in Bremerton. - Steven DeDual/staff photo
Chief Executive Officer of Port Madison Enterprises (Clearwater Casino) Russell Steele, accepts an award from Dr. Sandra Cross, director of the human service program at Western Washington University, at an awards banquet May 7 at the Olympic Educational Service District 114 building in Bremerton.
— image credit: Steven DeDual/staff photo

The Olympic Educational Service District 114 hosted an event May 7 for the Readiness to Learn (RTL) program and Western Washington University’s (WWU) human services program to recognize “heroes” of RTL.

The event was packed with administrators and community members from as far as Suquamish and Port Orchard chatting and visiting amongst themselves. The morning began with the showing of a video from YouTube.com called “Star Fish Story - Making a Difference Every Day.”

Crystal Hill, youth services director at OESD 114, and Dr. Sandra Cross, director of the human service program at WWU, partnered to give out awards to 34 individuals, companies and school districts, themselves included.

Those who received awards are

• Kitsap Community Resources (KCR)

• Pat Lyons, advisor at Olympic College

• Bryan Moore, human resource associate at Kitsap Mental Health Services

• Penny Morse, advisor at Olympic College (OC)

• VernaRae Oraker; Orchard Heights Elementary from the South Kitsap School District (SKSD)

• Renee Overath, Washington State University (WSU) Kitsap Extension

• Port Madison Enterprises

• Linda Rasmussen, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) Commissary

• Cindy Drover, RTL/Suquamish Elementary

• Beluah Downing and Betsy Lawrence, Grace Episcopal Church

• First Christian Church

• First Lutheran Church, Port Orchard

• Cyndi Garber, Learning Specialist at Green Mountain Elementary School

• Dorothy Groff and Sue Bostwick of South Kitsap Neighborhood Group

• Mary Ann Haas, Evergreen Lutheran Church

• Patty Haver, RTL/Orchard Heights Elementary

• Ron Hertel, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

• Denise Reyburn, counselor at OC

• Dr. Stephanie Salzman, dean of Woodring College of Education

• Theresa Schroeder, coordinator of KCR Continuum of Care Program

• Tiffany Skidmore, RTL/Green Mountain Elementary

• Russell Steele, chief executive officer of Port Madison Enterprises (Clearwater Casino)

• Suquamish Elementary of the North Kitsap School District (NKSD)

• Marjorie Trevino, SKSD

• WSU Kitsap Extension, Strengthening Families Program

• Rachel Wellman, coordinator of OC’s Multi-Cultural Center

• Katherine Adams, OESD 114 Head Start

• John Babbo, counselor at OC

• Dr. Jackie Baker-Sennett, chair of the Human Services and Rehabilitation Department of Woodring College of Education

• Dustin Booth, SKSD

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