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Sept. 18, 2020

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The Columbian

2020 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

Share is a recipient of the 2020 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, recognizing the organization’s outstanding commitment and achievements in volunteerism over the past year. Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the greater Vancouver area

“Each year more than 2,880 volunteers contribute their time, talent and resources to provide over 28,300 hours of service. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization and we are eternally grateful to each and every one of them,” said Diane McWithey, executive director. “We are incredibly proud of Molly Evjen, our Director of Volunteers and Community Resources, and Heather Walker, our Volunteer and Community Resources Coordinator, who lead Share’s effort to engage our community in volunteer opportunities which are critical to our daily operations.”

Six Vancouver schools recognized

The Washington School Recognition Program has honored the following six Vancouver schools for making gains in academic outcomes and student attendance during the 2018-19 school year:

• Fruit Valley Community Learning Center.

• Hazel Dell Elementary.

• Hough Elementary.

• Lincoln Elementary.

• Minnehaha Elementary.

• Salmon Creek Elementary.

In addition, Vancouver Flex Academy was credited for closing opportunity gaps and improving graduation rates. This is Vancouver Flex Academy’s second consecutive state recognition.

“This award demonstrates the VPS staff’s sustained commitment to supporting students, and our students’ and their families’ hard work,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “I’m so proud of what they’ve achieved together.”