Deadline: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 5:00pm
In the early 1990’s an Angel was sent to Challengers as a parent volunteer. This angel was known to us as Helen Elizabeth Washington. Ms. Washington won three consecutive Parent of the Year awards for her exceptional service and extraordinary leadership.
On December 8, 1995, after retiring from a 26 year career with LAUSD and at the urging of “Big Brother” Lou Dantzler, Ms. Washington began her career here at Challengers as the Volunteer Coordinator and as an Executive Board member of Challengers’ Board of Directors. As Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Washington was responsible for selecting a parent to become Challengers Parent of the Year.
On August 29, 2001, our angel was relieved of her duties here on earth. In her honor the Parent of the Year Award was renamed “The Helen Washington Parent of the Year Award” and the reception has since been renamed “The Helen Washington Award Reception”.