We thought it was particularly apropos to present this award to Steve, as our first recipient, because we were highlighting the Field Day program at the banquet. Steve has long been a strong supporter of Field Days and the program would not have been successful without the great collaboration between the Cascade School District and WRI. Osborn Elementary 3rd, 4th and 5th graders come to Barn Beach Reserve 5 times a year to experience nature through hands-on science-based learning. Osborn students and teachers love the program and Steve has been nothing but supportive throughout the program’s inception and growth. This year Osborn Elementary was one of only four schools statewide honored for innovation in science education, partly based on their collaboration with WRI on the Field Day program.
Steve himself epitomizes innovation and excellence in all he does to education our community's youth. He is always finding creative ways to solve problems and find solutions. He encourages it among his staff and everyone he encounters.
Congratulations to Steve McKenna!