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Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Gary Modine

Unsung Hero Gary Modine


Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com. Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children. 


February 21, 2017

Honoree:  Gary Modine, Yakima

Nominator:  Alan Matsumoto

Gary has literally been a "Godsend" to our school. He is currently the Family Life Pastor for the Stone Church of Yakima. This is work as the "school's parent," – he has done so many things to help our students and families be successful that I believe he should be recognized as a "parent" who helps strengthen families at our school. Here is a brief list of the things he has helped organize for our school this year:

  • Every classroom has an adult room parent who offers support in any way they can to their assigned teacher

  • Over 150 school families received a full Thanksgiving meal from the Stone Church

  • We receive regular donations from the church membership of school materials and gently used clothes for students such as winter coats, hats, and mittens

  • Staff members all received a winter treat for the holidays

  • A small mentor group of church adults has been set up to give a group of students another caring adult in their lives

  • A weekly Good News club has students come to learn healthy activities

  • We are working on a spring Bike Rodeo where Gary's bicycling group will help students learn about bike safety and the rules of the road.

These are just a few of the things Gary has helped organize at our school. Without his energy and "can-do spirit" I don't believe many of these things would have happened for our families. He doesn't ask, "Why?" He asks, "Why not?"  


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