Two dedicated volunteers were honored as Asset Champions by the Community Asset Project during the Cherry Creek Schools Parents’ Council meeting on Nov. 14.
Linda Shaw, who has held dozens of different volunteer positions, including room mother, team mom, PTO president, Girl Scout troop leader and committee chair, was recognized for her devoted work on behalf of students, teachers, parents, and the community at large.
“In the role of PTO president she organized a Rally for Richard to help a family struggling under the financial burden of caring for a child with cancer,” said Steve Cohen, a member of the Community Asset Project Board. “Exceeding the goal to make $10,000, she was able to negotiate a year’s free rent for the single mother raising Richard and his brother. To say she made a difference in Richard’s life is an understatement, but the positive influence she had on the community by pulling us together was immeasurable.”
The Community Asset Project also recognized Read Kirkpatrick, a long-time leader of Boy Scout Troop 127. As Scout Master, Read was responsible for weekly meetings and monthly outings, including camping trips.
“The definition of “brave” is taking a large group of 12- to 18-year-old boys away from the comfort of their home and parents, hiking several miles in the Colorado mountains carrying backpacks, and spending several nights camping in woods,” said Cohen. “On these campouts, Read had to act as trail guide, teacher, parent, doctor, and most importantly mentor. In addition to the fun of the campouts, Read made sure the scouts learned the importance of giving back to the community by participating in many service projects.”
The Asset Champion Awards are presented by the Community Asset Project, which is a non-profit partner of the Cherry Creek School District. CAP positively impacts more than 50,000 students and their families through youth leadership training, Positive Behavior Supports, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide prevention and other important programs. For more information, visit www.assetsconnect.org