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Guardian of the playground and splendid pencil sharpener earn accolades

Superintendent Dan Streeter, left, and Granville Elementary School Principal Christine Griffin, right, award Ladawn Guest with the district’s VIP Classified Staff at the HUSD board meeting Jan. 8; also pictured is fifth-grader Allissa Fears, who nominated Guest. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

Superintendent Dan Streeter, left, and Granville Elementary School Principal Christine Griffin, right, award Ladawn Guest with the district’s VIP Classified Staff at the HUSD board meeting Jan. 8; also pictured is fifth-grader Allissa Fears, who nominated Guest. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

Granville Elementary School Principal Christine Griffin honored three members of the school certified, classified and volunteer staff at the Jan. 8 Humboldt Unified School District Government Board meeting.

The Jan. 9 edition of the Prescott Valley Tribune included a short article about teacher Melinda Fulfer. Today, readers will learn more about classified staff member Ladawn Guest and volunteer Cindy Fisher.

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Superintendent Dan Streeter, left, and Granville Elementary School Principal Christine Griffin, right, award Cindy Fisher with the district’s VIP Volunteer at the HUSD board meeting Jan. 8. (Sue Tone/Tribune)

Guest keeps a close watch over the GES playground where she enforces the rules and also shows kindness, said fifth-grader Allissa Fears, who nominated Guest.

“Her smile can be counted on to cheer up anyone’s day. We feel safe because of Ms. Guest,” Fears stated.

Principal Griffin said she appreciates a woman who “sees a need and is willing to give the extra effort in order to get the job done.” Guest has purchased her own materials and works hard perched on ladders tying soccer nets, sweeping basketball courts and leveling soccer fields, Griffin added.

A reluctant Fisher, “who said she would only do this if she got a sash,” Griffin said, not only got her sash, but a tiara and a cherry Pop-Tart.

Her principal praised Fisher’s quick wit, realistic bent, calm demeanor and experience. She has been making copies for Granville teachers since 2010, and purchased her own industrial pencil sharpeners that she uses on the weekends to sharpen all primaries’ pencils.

Fisher spends summer months getting things ready so teachers will have materials ready when the new school year begins.

“She is always willing to help, be it a shoulder to cry on or a shoulder to help bear the load, Cindy is always asking, ‘What do you need?’” Griffin said about her exceptional volunteer.

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