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Wendy N. McDougal

Tina Weeks, left, of Parkway Medical Center with national award winners for volunteer service Bette Moneypenny, Robert Moneypenny and Mildred Hutcherson.
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Tina Weeks, left, of Parkway Medical Center with national award winners for volunteer service Bette Moneypenny, Robert Moneypenny and Mildred Hutcherson.

Parkway volunteers win national awards

Have you ever tried to put toothpaste back into the tube? It's almost impossible, but as a new school year begins teachers have to find creative ways to make a point and make sure lessons are visualized and learned.

My fifth-grade daughter came home excited to share the experiences of the first day of school. Among many stories, she told me they had played a game. Trying to get that toothpaste back in place was a hard and messy chore.

The point of the exercise — to show the students how words and actions can hurt, and once done, it is difficult to take it back.

I was impressed and touched that even during the chaos of kicking off a new year, my daughter's teacher took the time to teach a true life lesson. This is surely one we can all take to heart.

Now let's see what the "chatter" is for today . . .

National recognition

Three volunteers at Parkway Medical Center were recently honored with national awards. Bette Moneypenny and Robert Moneypenny have devoted more than 500 service hours to Parkway Medical Center. Mildred Hutcherson has given more than 4,000 hours, earning her the Lifetime Award.

The Moneypennys have volunteered since 2000, both receiving the Gold Award. Hutcherson has volunteered since 1973.

"In 2003, President Bush created the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in an effort to acknowledge the valuable contributions that volunteers make," explains Tina Weeks, Senior Circle director at Parkway Medical Center.

"Awards are presented in recognition of service the volunteer has put in. We, in turn, present the awards to the individuals at a special volunteer ceremony."

Each recipient was presented a personalized certificate of achievement, a letter from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and a note of congratulations from President Bush.

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Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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