36 education staff to be honored at 13th annual Crystal Apple Awards

Release Date: 
5/17/2012

Due to the Umatilla-Morrow ESD’s merger with Union-Baker ESD in 2011 that formed the IMESD, the IMESD has expanded the awards program into Union County as well. A ceremony honoring 14 education employees in Union County took place May 16 at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

“The Crystal Apple Awards are a way for the IMESD and our local school districts to show their appreciation for staff who have shined over the past year,” said Casey White, director of the Crystal Apple Awards program. “We often take for granted the work our education employees do each day, so it’s nice to take time to really recognize those special people who really make a difference in our schools.”

In addition to the 36 Crystal Apple Award winners at the May 23 ceremony, the IMESD will also honor Eastern Oregon University and Blue Mountain Community College as Community Partner Award winners for their collaboration with IMESD and local school districts with the new Eastern Promise program. This new program, endorsed by Gov. John Kitzhaber, gives students another option for earning college credits – possibly even their associate’s degree – while still in high school. In addition, the IMESD and Mid Columbia Bus Company will recognize the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award winner for an outstanding educator. This year’s winner is La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze, who was honored at the Union County ceremony May 16.

The Crystal Apple Awards are sponsored by the IMESD, Mid Columbia Bus Company, Bank of Eastern Oregon, KUMA and KWRL radio, First Community Credit Union, Red Lion Hotel, Rotary Club of Pendleton, and St. Anthony Hospital.

Please click here for a list of winners.

The Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards will take place May 23 at the Pendleton Red Lion Hotel Ballroom. A social will begin at 4:15 p.m., with the ceremony starting promptly at 5:15 p.m. More information can be found by clicking here.

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