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Wolfe School named ‘Citizen of the Year’ by Monroe Civitans

Edie Anderson of the Monroe Civitan Club, second from left, surprises Wolfe School Principal Mary Jo Breckenridge and her staff, Cheryl Hawley, at left, and Bethany Riggins, third from left, with a Citizen of the Year award.

 Being chosen as a Citizen of the Year is quite an honor. An entire school being chosen as Citizen of the Year is amazing.

That happened recently when the Monroe Civitan Club surprised Wolfe School Principal Mary Jo Breckenridge by naming her school and its staff as the 2013 Citizen of the Year.

The school’s staff was honored for the “amazing work” they do for the approximately 75 Wolfe School students. The award was announced during the club’s awards night held in the Laverne Dining Hall at Wingate University.

Breckenridge was invited under the pretense of giving a presentation about her school, but was then caught off guard when she heard her name called for Citizen of the Year.

“What a wonderful surprise and honor for our school!" Breckenridge said. " The staff is very deserving of this honor and I would like to thank the Monroe Civitan Club for recognizing all the amazing work the Wolfe staff does to help our special needs students achieve all they can.”

Breckenridge also thanked the Civitans for the club’s contributions to the school such as providing a wooden swing for students and teachers, and for its members’ participation in various school events such as Grandparents’ Day.

“The Civitans have been wonderful partners,” Breckenridge said. “I would like to commend the entire board. Our staff is excited about future activities that will allow us to partner with the Civitans.”

Breckenridge then offered a slide show that gave an overview of her school and its staff and students, including teaching methods used such as sign language for students who can’t speak and IPads, which are used as an instructional tool.

Another goal at the school is to help students be good citizens. Breckenridge said some of the civic projects at the school include making muffins for the Homeless Shelter, dog biscuits for the animal shelter and sending donated toiletry items to American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Wolfe School’s teacher of the year, Bethany Riggins, also addressed Civitans.

“We want our students to be able to do everything they can to be as independent as possible,” Riggins said. “When I graduated from college, I never thought I would be doing what I’m doing; but I love it every day.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Union County Public Schools Communications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 by CoRetta Limous

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