Seattle’s Child is proud to partner with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington to honor outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
All month long, we’ll introduce you to Unsung Heroes from around the state: biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofits; some mentor others in their communities. Enjoy their stories.
Roxanne Grant, Oak Harbor
We have had the honor of knowing Roxanne for the past three years.
We first met her as a parent in the ECEAP program. Then she became our classroom aide and currently is working as a Family Support Specialist. The road has not been easy for Roxanne: She has managed to care for her six children while working during the day and attending college full time out of town in the evening. One of her children needs extra support at home and in school.
She has always gone above and beyond to make sure her son’s developmental needs are being met and that he is getting the services he needs to be successful in school. This includes attending IEP meetings, going down to the school when her child is struggling and checking in with his teacher regularly.
Although some days it is very stressful balancing all of her duties as a parent, teacher and student, Roxanne is resilient. She is determined to get her degree. When obstacles get in her way, she kind of chuckles and looks at the bright side of the situation. She always has a positive attitude and never gives up. Roxanne has told us about children in her neighborhood struggling. She is there to talk to and support them. Even with everything on her plate she still manages to support other children and make sure their needs are being met.
Roxanne Grant is a TRUE UNSUNG HERO!!
Nominators: Jessica Grant and Mara Cortez
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