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 25
Christina Kohout – Forks
Citing your Five Protective Factors, for these reasons I nominate Christina Kohout: In 2012 she lost her ranch she worked so hard in building and nurturing. After picking up the pieces and moving to Forks, WA to a veteran’s homeless shelter she got involved in OlyCAP as a Policy Counsel parent. After becoming a Policy Counsel parent she was voted in as a Washington State Association Representative. She made many connections in Olympia fighting for early education with other concerned parents. When her older child started kindergarten she got involved with the elementary and was voted in as Vice President of the Parent/ Teacher Organization. The Chamber of Commerce for Forks took notice of what she has accomplished for early education and invited her to join the Chamber. Being one of six children and raising her two nieces she learned early on how to parent effectively. She has furthered her knowledge in child development by enrolling in early education classes at Peninsula College. In times of need she is not afraid to ask for help. When she was homeless with her husband and children she turned to veteran's programs for shelter. She has utilized the OlyCAP Home Fund for school clothes for her children and new work clothes for herself. She helped several troubled children with social emotional issues in ECEAP, including one boy with issues bullying other children learning to express himself and one girl dealing with abandonment issues. I nominate Christina Kohout as an Unsung Hero.
Nominator: David Kohout
Singing the Praises of Our Unsung Heroes
Read about all of the wonderful, everyday heroes who have won Washington Unsung Hero Awards: seattleschild.com/2015-Unsung-Heroes.