Washougal School District recognizes ‘Real Heroes’

Teacher and community volunteer are honored

Greg Lewis

Ron Arp, on behalf of Identity Clark County and its Land Here, Live Here, Learn Here partners recognized two Washougal community members for being “Real Heroes,” at the March 8 School Board meeting.

This award is designed for those who deserve recognition for their service to schools and community.

A number of years ago, business leaders, led by the nonprofit group ICC, started a program to celebrate, “all that is good about Clark County,” with the purpose of attracting and growing business activity in the region.

Program leaders decided to recognize outstanding staff and volunteers who work in education as “real heroes.” This year, 23 are being honored by ICC throughout Clark County.

The Washougal School District nominated two community members to receive the award. Greg Lewis, Canyon Creek Middle School teacher and Randy Curtis, recent chairman of the WSD Fiscal Advisory Committee.

Curtis was recognized for leading the Facilities Committee, which took an in-depth look at Washougal schools and buildings, and made the recommendation to the School Board to place the successful capital bond on the ballot in 2015.

Superintendent Mike Stromme shared a quote from the nomination, saying that Curtis, “demonstrated again and again, his selfless commitment to invest himself and his tremendous communication skills to support our local community in prioritizing the needs of future generations.”

Lewis was recognized for being an outstanding educator.

In a recent survey, students mentioned his name several times, as they talked about a teacher who had inspired them and helped them improve in math.

One student shared that, “Mr. Lewis is an awesome teacher. He made things fun, but we still got things done.”