West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
October 13, 2008
Nine "Children's Champions" honored for their contributions to children.
CONTACT: Linda Novak, WVU Parkersburg program coordinator, childhood education, 304-424-8311.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nine "Children's Champions" were honored Saturday (Oct. 11) for their outstanding contributions to children.
Local agencies that work directly with young children and their families nominated the honorees in a celebration of their contributions co-sponsored by West Virginia University at Parkersburg and the Wood County Early Childhood Coalition.
Recognized for their work were the following 2008 Children's Champions:
Regina Cummings, homefinding supervisor for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in Region II
Debbie Gurtis, a staff member at Washington State Community College and president-elect of the West Virginia PTA
Lori Mahan, second grade teacher at Ripley Elementary School and 2005 Jackson County Teacher of the Year and also Jackson County Walmart Teacher of the Year
Debbie McClain, kindergarten teacher at Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School in Ravenswood and site coordinator for the Planned Approach to Community Health 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program
Nancy McManus, speech pathologist, Wood County Schools
Stella Moon, adolescent health coordinator for RESA V and former executive director of the Wood County Family Resource Network
Linda Rockhold, owner of Lynn's Little Wonders, a licensed family child care facility
Travis Smith, case manager with Ross IES's Youth Advantage Program, and
Lisa Weaver, program director of the Children's Home Service after-school program and comprehensive Family Resource Center.
A banquet in their honor was held in the Caperton Center atrium on the WVU Parkersburg campus.