As a district, we are so lucky and thankful to have an incredibly supportive community. There are many, many people who contribute time, effort, and even financial donations, to benefit our students, staff, and schools. These individuals are parents, extended relatives, local leaders, business owners, and Cache Valley residents who recognize the importance of education and its impact on children, as well as on a community's quality of life. They can be found volunteering in our classrooms, participating in their school's PTA, attending board meetings, giving generously to the Cache Education Foundation, or attending school activities, performances, or sporting events. To all who support us in our work and passion of educating children, we express sincere gratitude.
This year, Superintendent Norton would like to acknowledge a handful of citizens who he considers "Super Supporters of Education." They are individuals who have gone above and beyond to support Cache County School District in its mission to educate and enrich the lives of children. Please join us in celebrating and honoring these amazing men and women.
When Regan Wheeler’s beloved wife, Jonette, passed, he wanted to find a way to honor and memorialize her. Jonette, who was a media technology specialist at Lewiston Elementary School for 26 years, loved books and learning. So, it was an easy decision for Regan to create the Just My Wish Foundation, which supports literacy and gifted and talented education programs for elementary-aged children. Nearly eleven years after its creation, the Just My Wish Foundation has donated over $150,000 to support learning in Cache County schools.
Rigo Chaparro is passionate about inspiring, motivating, supporting, and advocating for Latinos in Cache Valley. Whether teaching students in classrooms, supporting families in parent meetings, or founding the LEAP Scholarship to empower young Latinos to attend college, Rigo and his wife Lisa have made a difference in our community that is difficult to quantify. He was honored at the March 2, 2023 board meeting.
Tireless. Passionate. Advocate. These words come up again and again as Nicole Zollinger is described by those who know her. Whether she’s raising funds for a school security system, ensuring that a family in need has heat and water for Christmas, organizing a school math competition, volunteering in a classroom, or just bringing office staff their favorite soft drinks, Nicole is known for her selfless dedication to our community.
Over the last 14 years, Teri has become a familiar face in our community. Fun, fearless, and friendly, she is tireless in her efforts to gather donations and funds to benefit Cache County schools, teachers, and students. She understands the importance of building relationships with local businesses, organizations, philanthropists, and educators. These crucial partnerships have enabled Teri to greatly magnify the impact of the Cache Education Foundation.
Joseph "Grandpa" Hawkes
Anyone who knows Joseph Hawkes will tell you that he lives by the Boy Scout slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily. In fact, Joseph himself is a living testament to just how much good one man can do. His life is one of service, selflessness, and charity, which has benefited and blessed countless staff members and students in the Cache County School District. He was honored during the January 19, 2023 board meeting.