By Brendan Relaford
For The Sentinel 

School honors volunteer

 

Brendan Relaford

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE: Travis Gray, a volunteer at the Centerville School, was honored by the school for repeated extra-mile service to the institution and its students.

For the first time in Centerville School's century-long history, a volunteer has won a prestigious award for his services to the school. Kristen Cameron, Centerville elementary school principal, has announced that the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) has honored Travis Gray with its Recognition of Outstanding Community Leadership and Contributions to the Improvement of Public Education Award in the Gorge for 2019.

Cameron nominated Gray for his unflagging support of both student and staff activities at the school. Calling himself Cameron's "assistant principal," Travis volunteers at the school every Friday to do whatever there is to do. "He is faithful and dedicated," Cameron said, "and he stays from the beginning of school 'til the end. And what does he do? He does anything. He always says, 'You know your assistant principal is here,' and he'll do anything we need, from janitorial work to office administration to helping out in physical education classes. He loves to volunteer in kindergarten, and he is amazing with those little people. He assists the third and fourth grade teachers and helps fifth and sixth graders with math or reading. The kids love recess on Fridays because he plays kickball or just has a good time jumping around with them."


The WASA award does not include money, and Gray traveled to Vancouver at his own expense to attend the recognition ceremony and receive a plaque.

"He is humble and a reluctant participant when it comes to being in the public eye." Cameron said. "He just wants to be part of the Centerville kids' lives."

 

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