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Golden Onion Grant Recipients

During the Feb. 15, 2022 school board meeting Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith and Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea recognized six outstanding teachers for being named Golden Onion award recipients. Each of these educators will receive $1000 to use for classroom and instructional improvements.

Longtime Walla Walla resident and one-time teacher Sue Gillespie and her husband Mike established the “Golden Onion Award” to provide school supplies, equipment and professional development funds to Walla Walla educators.

The “Golden Onion Award” is presented annually to district teachers at all grade levels. The Gillespie Teacher Development Fund is a component fund of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. The Gillespie’s say they are thrilled to support these dedicated Walla Walla teachers.

2022 Golden Onion Recipients:
• Rebecah Boeckman, Green Park Elementary
• Sue Schulz, Garrison Middle School
• Shannon Jones, Pioneer Middle School
• Kris Bland, Lincoln High School
• Shannon Ahrens, Garrison Middle School
• Jose Beleche, Garrison Middle School

The Golden Onion Fund is available for anyone to donate to who wants to support Walla Walla teachers. Visit the BMCF website to make a donation: www.bluemountainfoundation.org

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