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Unsung Hero: Kevin Rutherford



February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.

Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.


Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 1

Kevin Rutherford - Olympia

Kevin is an exceptional active parent/guardian.  He is a strong advocate for young children, parents and the programs that serve them.

He and his wife are raising their great niece and great nephew for the last three years.  They began guardianship when the children were 2 and 4 years old.  They now have legal custody of the children.  They have worked diligently to learn as much as they possibly can around the social emotional development of young children.

He is a second consecutive year Policy Council Chair for the ESD 113.  Kevin provides stable and engaging leadership to the Policy Council. He is a Washington State Head Start/ECEAP (WSA) Parent Representative, and Board member.  He is a member of the Department of Early Learning (DEL) Brain Trust Expansion group.  He is a Board member of Lincoln Elementary Option Community Council.  He is a spokesman for a parent advisory group for DEL’s Negotiated Rule Making group.

Nominator:  Matthew Solomon


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