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Goldendale volunteer receives presidential award


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FOCUSED POINT: Mrs. Vivian Weddle, recent winner of a Points of Light Award, reads to a Goldendale Primary School student.

Goldendale's Vivian Weddle earned national recognition on Jan. 5 this year when she was designated a Daily Point of Light Award recipient. The Points of Light Awards were created in 1993 by then-president George H. W. Bush, echoing his inaugural theme of "a thousand points of light" across America, volunteers serving their communities. "The only just use of power," he wrote, "is to serve people." Following is the citation given by Points of Light honoring Weddle.

The art of volunteering is all about effort and selflessness. You can never be too young or too old to volunteer. Vivian Weddle is the perfect example. Though she is in her 80s, her devotion and dedication toward giving back is remarkable.

Mrs. Weddle has used education as a tool to help transform and uplift her community. Through platforms such as the Boy Scouts of America, as well as local schools in the Goldendale, community, both Mrs. Weddle and her husband help give back to children who need it most.

Mrs. Weddle has been volunteering at the Goldendale Primary School for over 20 years. With a good portion of the students facing financial hardships, the support of the Weddles and their extra work in the classroom really pays off. Whether it's helping students improve their reading skills, or assisting children with a purchase of books and school supplies, Mr. and Mrs. Weddle are truly difference makers in their community.

Mrs. Weddle's dedication has been recognized all throughout the state, as she received a volunteer award given by the Governor of Washington State.

"Her love and generosity know no bounds when it comes to kids," said Lisa O'Leary, a teacher at the Goldendale Primary School. "We are so blessed to have her in our school and community."

While most people in their 80s have long been retired, Mrs. Weddle is quite the opposite. At 87-years-old, she is in the classroom four days a week and her attendance record is near perfect. Equating to roughly 510 volunteer hours each school year, regardless of the circumstance, Mrs. Weddle and her husband are consistently present to make a difference in the lives of countless children.


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