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BOE Honors Staff, Local Business Support

Wendi Sidney, learning services administrative assistant, is honored during the March 9 "Fantastic 49" celebration. An administrative assistant, cheer coach and local Safeway store managers lined up for “Fantastic 49” recognition March 9, ahead of a Board of Education meeting in District 49.

Amber Whetstine, learning services executive director, introduced Wendi Sidney, learning services administrative assistant. When she supports the learning services staff, Sidney goes above and beyond to provide excellent service to every customer, according to Whetstine.

“Wendi anticipates the needs of her customers, thinking critically to solve potential problems,” said Whetstine, facing a room of community members. “She takes personal pride in every task she is assigned, always with the goal of making a difference for every student.”

Whetstine commended her work in the district’s primary literacy initiative. Sidney has been a coordinator of the summer READ camp program, investing time beyond the call of duty, according to Whetstine.

“I’m honored to be a part of this team and come to work every day,” said Sidney. “It’s very fulfilling to help our students and families.”

Matt Meister, communications director, welcomed Jim Withrow, manager of the Safeway grocery store at Powers Boulevard and Constitution Avenue. “Jim’s store donated $10,000 to Sand Creek High School,” said Meister.

“Through the Albertson’s Safeway Foundation, the employees and customers of the store are making important equipment and technology purchases possible for the business, marketing and graphic design programs,” said Meister.

“Community support is very important to Safeway,” said Withrow. “In addition to financial giving, we support local students by giving our time.” Withrow described his personal volunteering efforts to DECA, formerly known as Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America. According to its website, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

“It’s important for those of us in the business community to give back and help prepare our kids for life after school,” said Withrow.

 Marie LaVere-Wright, District 49 Board of Education president, thanks local Safeway store manager Jim Withrow March 9.   Jim Withrow, Safeway store manager at Powers and Constitution, receives thanks for a $10,000 donation to SCHS March 9.

The Safeway store located in the Falcon Town Center on the northeast corner of Woodmen Road and McLaughlin Road was also honored during the celebration.

“Falcon High School’s 21st century library upgrade will be bolstered by an $8,000 donation from the Falcon Safeway,” said Meister. “The funds will be used to purchase e-books and other media to serve students on their educational journey.”

Catherine Brown, the store manager at Falcon Town Center Safeway location, was scheduled to attend the event, but wasn’t able to be in attendance due to a scheduling conflict at the store.

Cheryl DeGeorge, Falcon High School principal, recommended public recognition of the efforts of Mary Ann Wilson, cheer coach at the school.

“Mary Ann has been making an impact at Falcon High School for a very long time,” said DeGeorge. “I’m not sure exactly how long she’s been there, but she’s made a difference to more than one generation of students.”

Wilson was also recognized for recently being named the Colorado Coed Spirit Coach of the Year by the coaches association of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

“She’s taken teams to nationals and pushes every cheerleader to be their best,” said Courtney Kinder, Falcon High School twelfth-grader, 17, in a pre-produced video.

“She’s pushes you to be your best, even when you don’t see it,” said Brandon Hoyecki, twelfth-grader, 17, in the video. “She always wants you to be your best person, no matter how hard you failed. She always saw the best in you.”