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Ramsey teacher honored

Ramsey Elementary School second-grader Brandon Coll nominated his teacher, Amy Hamilton, for the Outstanding School Employee of the Month for January because “she makes me feel smart and special.”

In his heartfelt essay, Brandon wrote, “She does more than just teach me how to read, write and learn math. She always patiently works to help me when I have a hard time. Mrs. Hamilton is always happy and nice to everyone, and this is why I nominate her.”

Brandon, who has a sister in kindergarten at Ramsey, and a preschool brother, said he hoped Mrs. Hamilton had a good time helping her students.

This was Hamilton’s first teaching award in her 14 years of teaching. She has worked at Ramsey Elementary since 1994 and has taught first, second and third grade. Her husband, Rob, is a fifth-grade teacher at Ramsey, and the couple have two sons, a third- and a fifth-grader, who both attend the school.

“Brandon and I work really hard together,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton received a plaque, a gift bag and certificates for two free lunches, and her name will be displayed on the Parker Toyota and Numerica Credit Union reader boards during February. Brandon received $20 for his winning essay, which he plans to save to do something for his mom.

“I just want to buy her something,” he said.

The Outstanding School Employee of the Month is sponsored by Parker Toyota, Horace Mann Insurance and Numerica Credit Union, formerly the Coeur d’Alene Teachers’ Credit Union.

Project CdA gets reader board

Project Coeur d’Alene, 725 Hazel Ave., received a new reader board at the school’s Ninth Street entrance, courtesy of the Coeur d’Alene Sunshine Rotary. The Rotary has been an active partner and sponsor of the school. The club also donated approximately $2,000 toward art supplies for the school’s art program and a public address system.

The reader board was unveiled Tuesday morning in a special ceremony followed by breakfast served by Project students for the Rotary members.

Students of the Month

Timberlake Jr. High has announced its Students of the Month for January.

Seventh-grader Ryan Sacksteder enjoys hunting, fishing, basketball, football and band. He is a Tiger-Paw and 4-H member and has a 4.0 grade-point average.

Seventh-grader Kimberly Boren enjoys scrapbooking and bike riding and is an honor roll student.

Eighth-grader Marshall Barnhouse enjoys playing baseball, football and wrestling. Barnhouse was also the district finalist in the geography bee.

Eighth-grader Cierra Olmstead is on the yearbook staff, a Tiger-Paw member and has a 4.0 grade-point average. She is involved in track and also enjoys collecting bugs.

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