September 20, 2008 in Voices

CdA substitute honored by state

Robert Trueblood named Idaho’s Outstanding Older Worker
By The Spokesman-Review
 

Students who know him say Robert Trueblood is outstanding.

Now it’s official.

The 75-year-old substitute teacher from Coeur d’Alene has been recognized as Idaho’s Outstanding Older Worker. Trueblood was selected from 36 nominees in the state by Experience Works, a training and employment organization for older workers.

He will join winners from across the country in Washington, D.C., later this month to accept his award, according to a press release from the Coeur d’Alene School District.

Trueblood has been a substitute teacher with the district for 16 years. He substitutes in four district schools: Lake City High, Riverbend Professional-Technical Academy, Juvenile Detention Center and Project CDA Alternative High School.

Project CDA Sophomore Chris Howard described Trueblood as “the greatest man alive.

“He’s always trying to keep me out of trouble,” Howard said in the press release. “He’s always nice to me and respectful.”

Trueblood plans to keep subbing as long as he is able to get out of bed.

“If I can make one little difference in a kid’s life, I’ve accomplished something,” Trueblood said.

Superintendent announces card contest

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is accepting entries now for the State Department of Education’s Holiday Card Contest.

The contest is open to public school students in grades K-6. One drawing will be chosen for use on the State Department of Education’s Web site at www.sde.idaho.gov and used as the department’s holiday greeting card.

The winning student will receive cards for their own use.

Drawings should feature winter scenes in Idaho, be on 8-by-11-inch paper in a landscape format and have the student’s name, grade, school district, school and teacher’s name written on the back.

Drawings can be made using watercolors, colored paper, markers, crayons or a combination of materials. Bold colors reproduce best. Fabric designs and pencil drawings are not allowed.

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 24. Entries can be mailed to State Department of Education, Attn. Public Information, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0027.

Coeur d’Alene police ticket speeders

More than 60 tickets were written to drivers speeding in school zones during the first two weeks of school, according to Coeur d’Alene Police.

An increase in fines went into effect this summer.

Motorists face a fine of $116.50 for speeding in a school zone.

Coeur d’Alene Police are continuing an emphasis patrol in school zones, including areas that seem to be most troublesome. Those spots include Kathleen Avenue at Ramsey Elementary, Kathleen Avenue at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy and St. Michelle Drive and Kathleen Avenue near Woodland Middle School.

Police are asking drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school and obey the posted speed limits.

Reach reporter Taryn Hecker at 818-0054 or by e-mail at tarynh@spokesman.com


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