Carbon PASR (Pa. Association of School Retirees) presented Lauretta Woodson Recognition Awards to Katie Leach, teacher, and Richard Miller, support staff member, for their commendable service to the Weatherly School District. Each recipient received a framed citation from PASR, a medallion, and a lapel pin. Presentations were made at a Weatherly School Board meeting.
Lee Getz, co-chair of Carbon PASR's Educational Support Committee, told board members that Katie Leach was a "dedicated teacher who consistently volunteered and accepted responsibilities in order to benefit her students. She worked with students after school and on weekends. Because of this she brought recognition to her students and school district."
Getz also pointed out that in 2005, Katie had been a recipient of one of Carbon PASR's Practitioner Scholarships to initiate the Carbon County Academic Meet.
The second award was presented to maintenance staff member Richard Miller. Getz told the board, "He is dependable and works hard to keep the schools in top condition. When given a task he sees it through without complaining. He has pride in his work and displays a strong work ethic."
The Lauretta Woodson Award is presented yearly to a school district in Carbon County. Each year two individuals, one teacher or administrator and one support staff member are selected to receive this award. Lauretta Woodson was both a teacher and professor in the Pennsylvania school system. When she retired, she became a member of PASR and held offices on the local and state level. Upon her death, she bequeathed a sum of money that would be used to recognize the positive contributions made by individuals within their school districts.