The board of advisors of the Wilkes Community Foundation recently announced their Philanthropist of the Year award which honors incredible contributions to the local community. This year’s recipient is the custodial staff of Wilkes County Schools.
The award is usually announced at the annual Evening Celebration of Philanthropy that honors those who give back to the county. This year, the board chose to champion men and women working tirelessly every day on the frontlines of the pandemic. Across Wilkes County, 130 permanent, part-time and temporary members of the custodial staff have worked around the clock to provide a safe environment for students to learn.
“We are honored to recognize Wilkes County School’s custodial staff for their efforts this year to keep our children safe,” said Charlie White, board president of the Wilkes Community Foundation.
“We are elated that the Wilkes Community Foundation selected our custodial support staff as their 2020 recipient,” said Dr. Wesley Wood, assistant superintendent, personnel and human resources for Wilkes County Schools. “It’s a morale boost for all the stress and overtime they have been experiencing.”
Throughout the year, Wilkes County Schools have adopted enhanced cleaning standards to ensure grounds are as safe as possible. That includes installing new cleaning stations, social distancing markers, and in some cases, plexiglass barriers.
That work is potentially lifesaving, according to White. “They’re protecting students and along with them parents and faculty members,” he said. “On behalf of those families and residents of Wilkes County, we say thank you and honor their example.”
The Wilkes Community Foundation joins McNeill Chevrolet in making a $1,500 grant to Wilkes County Schools, designated for school-based custodial staff.
“In a year like this, we celebrate the spirit of service by recognizing those who give of themselves out of love for their community,” White said. “We are proud to present them with this award.”
For further information, contact Colby Martin, North Carolina Community Foundation community leadership officer, at email@example.com or (828) 358-0030.