Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

BESIC staffers win awards for safety, economics

July 12, 2007

Celia Boyne-Schuh and Kathy Dorsey each became $500 richer this week.

The pair of Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center staff members won separate education awards. The prize for both honors was $500, whether it came in a gift certificate or cash.

"We have a very strong staff and they all work very hard," BESIC Principal Tom Mundinger said. "It's very rewarding to them, because the deserve it."

Boyne-Schuh, a social worker at both Baldwin elementary schools, was named as a first-prize winner in the Got2BSafe Awards program sponsored by Honeywell and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

She was recognized for her outstanding efforts to keep America's children safer from abduction and sexual exploitation.

"We were thrilled when we heard the news," Mundinger said. "She was deserving, because she does a lot of stuff for kids when it comes to safety."

Boyne-Schuh was unable to be reached as she was out of town for the week.

Dorsey, a fifth grade teacher at BESIC, was selected as the 2007 Kansas Economic Educator of the Year for grades K-5. Her strategy of creating a small business within the confines of the classroom to teach students real-life skills, including production, management and banking was selected from many others as the most innovative.

"I was surprised and pleased," Dorsey said of receiving the news Monday. "I knew Tom had nominated me in the early spring, but I had no idea I was the winner."

She said it was her button business project that helped her win the award. The Baldwin Education Foundation funded the project as she was one of the recipients of BEF's innovative project grants.

Her class created a business out of producing and selling buttons for most of the school year. The students learned to manage a small business and had a goal of making enough money to repay the foundation's grant.

"The kids did it all," Dorsey said. "They discovered we didn't make enough money to pay back the grant. It was a good experience for the kids."

Dorsey wanted to thank the education foundation for the project's funds.

"The money will be very nice," Dorsey said. "I want to personally thank the Baldwin Education Foundation. I wouldn't have been able to do it without them. I am grateful to them."

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