The Pride of Prairie Award is given by the foundation to those who have demonstrated loyal commitment and service to Prairie Schools. Amy Ellis was named the winner of this year’s award. She was nominated by Deron Jimmerson and Charles Oldenkamp, co-directors of Prairie Bands for her tireless work with the bands for 19 years.
Pictured above: Deron Jimmerson, President Steve Howes, Pride of Prairie Awardee Amy Ellis, Charles Oldenkamp, PSF Executive Director Randy Rumery
Pride of Prairie General Information
It is presented annually to recognize and show appreciation for the individual or individuals who exemplify the spirit of and a commitment to Prairie Schools.
Nominations for the award are solicited from residents in the College Community School District in the fall. The nominations must be in writing, provide specific information about the nominee’s contributions to the district and signed by the nominator. Nominations should be sent to Randy Rumery, Executive Director, Prairie School Foundation, 401 76th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The nominations are submitted to a volunteer selection committee of five for review. After a thorough review of the nominations, the committee ranks the nominees focusing on men and women who have a reputation as positive role models for all Prairie Students.
Nominees typically have given some treasure, talent, and time to the Prairie Schools, their teachers, staff, and students.
Currently the Pride of Prairie Award is presented by the foundation’s president during the Prairie Foundation Society annual breakfast which was held on November 11, 2019. Since its inception, the Pride of Prairie Award has been given to 36 individuals, couples or groups.
Prairie School Foundation
401 76th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-7034
Phone: (319) 848-5200 Ext. 2044
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