PRESS RELEASE - Apple Pin Award

Apple Pin Awarded by Governing Board to Melanie Williams
Posted on 12/16/2022

December 16, 2022 – On Thursday, December 15, 2022, the Governing Board at Eureka City Schools recognized Melanie Williams with an Apple Pin Award for her dedication to students and families at Alice Birney Elementary School. The Board recognizes various employees and community members throughout the year. Since 1992, over 300 individuals have been awarded the Apple Pin by the Eureka City Schools Governing Board.

“The Apple Pin Award is a recognition of the hard work our staff and community members are doing within our local schools,” said Eureka City School’s Board President, Mike Duncan. “We have a wonderful team at Eureka City Schools and we value the work being done each and every day.”

Alice Birney Elementary Principal, Kristin Sobilo notes, “Melanie Williams has been an active part of the entire county’s biking community for over 20 years! Alice Birney has benefited from Melanie’s leadership around biking for over 10 years. Alice Birney nominated Ms. Williams for the Apple Pin Award for her leadership, time, and connection she brings to our bike club.”

As part of the nomination process, Principal Sobilo provided the following synopsis of Melanie’s work at Alice Birney Elementary: “Melanie is steadfast in her belief about biking as a healthy form of exercise. She sees this as a service to others to share this love. A fleet of bikes provides our students with equipment to ride. Melanie works with local agencies and businesses to bring this state of the art equipment to Alice Birney students. She attains helmets, provides snacks and water for students, and inspires the advisory teachers to apply their leadership skills. Melanie has trained our club advisor on the steps to take to run a bike club. She works with outside organizations to provide trips to local parks. This year, she has coordinated over four large field trips to Eureka’s landmarks. Melanie works with classroom teachers to incorporate the bike club into their science and social studies curriculum. She has worked with numerous principals and advisory teachers to bring this special skill to our students. We are very blessed to have Melanie. She is humble and gives without recognition.”

Historical Background on Apple Pin Awards

Apple Pins have been an award of gratitude given by the Board for more than 25 years. This Award has recognized those who have gone above and beyond as parent and community volunteers, good neighbors, Student Board Representatives, and Blue Collar, White Collar, Confidential, Administrative, and Certificated employees.

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