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Unsung Hero: Dawn Benson



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 3


Dawn Benson – Lacey

Dawn Benson is a mom of two boys, a wife, a nurse, and an amazing asset to our community. One of Dawn’s son’s is impacted by autism, which is what inspired her to become one of our Helping Parents at South Sound Parent to Parent. In the past two years she has volunteered countless hours to other parents that have children with disabilities. She provides knowledge and understanding of their child’s rights regarding their Individualized Education Program’s (IEP’s). She also empowers the parents and guides them on the language, intent, and contents of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which allows the teachers, parents, students and school districts to work as one for the same good – the child.

Dawn is beautiful inside and out, she has the soul of an angel, and a sparkle in her eye that will light any candle.

Her soft voice has a calming effect on every one. She is always eager to help when she can. She volunteers in other areas in our community as well. Dawn has done many things in our community to provide inclusion for her son and others that have disabilities. Dawn is my unsung hero for so many reasons!


Nominator:  Sylvia Davenport


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