Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing teamed up in November 2004 with Cleveland's WAKS-FM (KISS-FM 96.5) and Dave & Buster's Restaurants to recognize area educators through their "Educators Who Make a Difference" program. On Wednesday, February 15, all of the honorees will be getting together for a party and awards ceremony at Dave & Buster's in Westlake. Party time is 5 p.m.
The "Educators Who Make a Difference" program acknowledges outstanding area educators in any field, including guidance counselors or coaches, while also enabling the Bolton School to broaden its partnerships with the Northeast Ohio community.
Each week for 12 weeks during the school year, KISS-FM listeners had the opportunity to nominate a teacher, guidance counselor, principal or other educator from their school on KISS-FM's web site. Winners were selected weekly and announced on the air between 7 and 8 a.m. All nominees received a plaque commemorating their contributions to education.
A special pizza party will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, for the students, faculty and staff of Raymond Elementary School in Maple Heights. The student body nominated its entire faculty as "Educators Who Make a Difference," so as a "thank you" for their efforts, the Bolton School, Dave & Buster's and KISS-FM picked the school for its own party. Pizza Pan Pizza of Cleveland is donating the pizza.
Raising awareness of the nation's nursing shortage also was a major component of the program and the nursing school, "our goal was to reach out to prospective students and the teachers and administrators who guide them along their path to higher education," said May L. Wykle, dean and Florence Cellar Professor of Nursing at Case.
"If we're going to beat the nursing shortage, we've got to spread the word about nursing," Wykle added. "We partnered with KISS-FM and Dave & Buster's to recognize outstanding local educators and to help create awareness of the nursing profession."
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