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  • Bobbie Schaffer Orten, Family Resource Youth Services Center coordinator at West Hopkins School, Bobbie Schaffer Orten receives #LionChaser Award at board meeting. received the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the April 15 Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Bobbie puts the microscope on the basic needs of kids. In a day and age when everyone wants kids to perform well academically, kids must also feel confident in just coming to school and being the person we all know they can be. She has been instrumental in helping students maintain that confidence. One way she has accomplished this is reaching out to families with assistance in laundry services for student clothing. This alone has made a major impact on student self-confidence and improved attitudes and attendance. The WHS community is one BIG family. Mrs. Bobbie goes above and beyond to meet the basic needs of children.

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  • West Broadway Elementary school nurse Nichole Johnson received the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Nurse Nichole Johnson receives award in boardroomAward during the Board of Education meeting on March 18. On Monday, Feb. 25, a kindergarten student at WBES got sick in the cafeteria. Nurse Nichole went above and beyond cleaning the student up and caring for him. She contacted his mother and recommended she take him to the doctor to determine what was causing the stomach pain. After seeing the doctor, this student had an emergency appendectomy. This is just one example of the daily dedication Nurse Nichole demonstrates to all Bobcats.

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  • School Resource Officer Hollis Crowley received the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the March 4 SRO Hollis Crowley receives award in boardroomBoard of Education meeting. Officer Crowley acted quickly when a 6th-grader at James Madison Middle School told him she had lost her retainer in the trash for a second time. She was very upset. He told her not to worry and, without hesitation, started digging through the trash. With gloves on, he dug through trash cans until he found her retainer. This action shows how much he cares for students and is something that the student will never forget!

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  • Grapevine Elementary School 2nd-grader Hailey Prince was presented with the #LionChaser / Hailey Prince receives award in boardroom#GiantSlayer Award at the march 4 Board of Education meeting. She responded quickly when her father suffered a seizure and remained calm as she called 911. Madisonville Police Department, in conjunction with the City of Madisonville, commended her for showing outstanding bravery during a stressful situation. She was recognized at a City Council meeting on Feb. 18, and emergency service agencies also provided a pizza party for her class.

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  • Browning Springs Middle School custodian Dana Johnson remained cool and calm during the bomb threat Dana Johnson receives award in boardroomat the school in January. He was given the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award during the Feb. 19 Board of Education meeting. School Resource Officer Tyrone Gregory nominated Johnson for the award. “He was with me from the start,” Gregory said. “He made it possible for everyone to have access to their lockers and classes that day, plus everything else they needed.”

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  • Pride Elementary School teacher Stacey Burns received the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer award on Feb. Superintendent Deanna Ashby, teacher Stacey Burns, Pride Principal Kristy Saint, board Chair J.W. Durst 19. She has a way of making each child in her class feel like the only student in there. She provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps children learn, according to a parent. Working parents are put at ease, knowing that even when their child is missing Mom and Dad, Ms. Burns treats the students like her very own. She is described as the “everything I need teacher.”

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  • The #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award was presented to Patricia Martin at the Jan. 14 Board of Board Chairman J.W. Durst, Patricia Martin, and Assistant Superintendent Charles Gant Education meeting. After a bus was rear-ended on Nebo Road in December, Assistant Superintendent Charles Gant arrived on the scene and saw Martin, who he thought was the bus monitor. She followed his instructions to get on the bus to keep kids quiet, then continued to monitor their behavior and kept noise at a minimum, helped transfer the kids to a new bus, and checked the old bus to make sure no belongings were left behind. She had been at the scene helping for more than 2 hours before telling Mr. Gant she was actually the parent of a child on the bus and not a district employee. Ms. Martin did everything she could to help, and treated all of the kids as if they were her own. She is definitely a #LionChaser!

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  • The #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award was presented to Chloe Young, an 8th-grader at South Hopkins South Hopkins student Chloe Young honored by administrators Middle School, at the Dec. 17 Board of Education meeting. Chloe is a teacher’s “go-to” for just about anything at the school! She is a leader in Fellowship of Christian Students on Thursday mornings, leads discussions with peers on sensitive topics, and plans weekly with the adult leader of FCS. She serves as a member of the SHMS news team, the Hopkins County Central softball team, and her church. She started a “lunch bunch” of other girls who meet with a teacher to discuss everyday issues. She is also an Honor Roll student. Chloe is compassionate, giving, and hard-working in every aspect of her life!

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  • Jonathan Wells, a math teacher at Hopkins County Central, was presented with the #LionChaser / Superintendent Deanna Ashby, Board Chair J.W. Durst, teacher Jonathan Wells, and Principal Jon Wells #GiantSlayer Award at the Dec. 17 Board of Education Meeting. He was honored for responding generously to help provide breakfast food to students on Nov. 16. Breakfast wasn’t served in the cafeteria because of a two-hour delay that day. Mr. Wells obtained donations from donut shops and other businesses that morning. Twelve dozen donuts, hundreds of Pop-Tarts and cereal bars, and 15 cases of bottled water were donated. Since then, Hopkins County Schools has announced that breakfast WILL be served when there is a two-hour delay. That morning, nearly 500 students received breakfast because of his actions!

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