WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A former Walla Walla Public Schools librarian's years of community service is paying off.
Jackie George has received the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership award.
Superintendent Mick Miller recommended George based on her community service. Most of George's volunteer work has taken place at Lincoln High School, where there has never been a paid librarian position.
George's first task was to inventory all of the books in the current library and decide whether or not to keep books as viable selections for high school students. According to Principal Jim Sporleder, many of the books had been purchased at yard sales and were not appropriate for secondary learners. "Just that undertaking," he said, "was a huge job."
George then organized and categorized the remaining books into a student-friendly check out system. She sought staff input as she made recommendations for new additions to the library and helped put together literature sets requested by teachers.
George is also active in the Exchange Club of Walla Walla. This organization hinges on three pillars of service: child abuse prevention, Americanism and youth activities. George and her husband Ed attend the national and district conference annually and volunteer hundreds of hours a year locally. For years, she chaired the Exchange Club's Accepting the Challenge of Excellence or A.C.E. Award Program.
On top of all of that, George also helps support the City of Walla Walla Library efforts to engage children in learning and many other civic initiatives.