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Rotary program recognizes and honors educators, staff, students and citizens who go above and beyond in demonstrating a commitment to education

CHILDRESS"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."

— Marian Wright Edelman

This quote captures the essence of why the Lake Oswego Rotary Club is sponsoring the third-annual SASEE Awards program to honor those who demonstrate "Service Above Self" in our educational community. (SASEE stands for Service Above Self: Educational Excellence.)

Supporting education is one of six major strategies of Rotary International to make our world a better place. Here in Lake Oswego, Rotary provides both merit and Service Above Self scholarships to graduating seniors, sponsors students to attend national leadership conferences and sponsors foreign exchange students.

Do you know an individual who demonstrates a commitment to education in Lake Oswego through work, projects and activities that emphasize Service Above Self? The Lake Oswego Rotary Club would like to recognize and support these people, who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional. Cash awards and scholarships will be provided to SASEE Award recipients in four categories:

Citizens/Volunteers, who each will receive a $2,500 scholarship established in their name to support the college education of a current high school student;

Teachers and Administrators, who each will receive $1,000 to apply toward their school or service activities;

Support Staff, who each will receive $1,000 to apply toward their school or service activities; and

Students, who each will receive $500 to apply toward their school or service activities.

Past SASEE recipients include educators who initiated programs to embrace equity and inclusion, others who raised significant funds for charitable purposes, and still another who developed a program to support vocational options for students with intellectual disabilities.

Examples of former student SASEE Award recipients include one who organized a food bank to feed hungry people, another who participated in a number of charities while also training service dogs for those experiencing autism, and an eighth-grader who raised more than $71,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Past citizen SASEE recipients include a retired teacher who continues to mentor students while heading up a program to assist people in career transitions, another who started a school program to foster intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, and yet another who developed an international program to foster peace by engaging children in the performing arts.

At Rotary, we believe that education is a powerful tool in helping all people create the futures they want to achieve. We know that our community feels the same way, and so we are partnering with the community in a program that recognizes and honors educators, staff, students and citizens who go above and beyond in demonstrating a commitment to education through projects, activities and work that emphasize Service Above Self while inspiring us to be better people.

Please join us in this recognition program by going to www.rotarysasee.org to nominate someone who embodies "Service Above Self." Nominations are open through Jan. 10, 2019.

Finalists will be honored at the SASEE Awards banquet scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at the Tualatin Country Club. You are all invited to attend this prestigious event, and you may purchase banquet tickets online at the above website.

Revenue from ticket sales support both the SASEE Awards and the Rotary scholarship program.

Craig Childress is the president of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.


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