Elementary school P.E. teacher selected as Northwest's best

Corvallis resident Meg Greiner, who grew up in the Condon area, was honored last week as the Northwest District Elementary School Physical Educator of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) at its national convention in Chicago.

The Northwest District represents a five-state area from Idaho to Alaska. The Northwest District Physical Educator of the Year Award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the elementary school level and the ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Greiner has been a physical education specialist in the Central School District for more than nine years. He will compete with five other district winners for the "National Teacher of the Year Award."

The Eastern Oregon Alcoholism Foundation coordinated and hosted a barbecue and picnic April 9 for the Head Start "Free to Grow," City of Pendleton Revitalization Project.

EOAF staff contacted community organizations and businesses who gave food products, equipment and supplies for the picnic lunch. Volunteers and area residents were served from 11:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Sue Quinn, regional SYSCO representative and SYSCO Food Service, donated hamburger patties and hot dogs; St. Mary's Outreach donated hamburger and hot dog buns; Peace Lutheran Church Food Pantry and CAPECO gave potato chips; CAPECO gave condiments, pickles, ice cream, bowls and bottled water; Pendleton Bottling donated Pepsi; Swire Coca-Cola of Pendleton provided Coca Cola; Webb's Cold Storage donated ice to keep the beverages cool; Pendleton Grain Growers donated watering troughs to ice down the beverages including the water from CAPECO.

EOAF staff and clients for helped set up tables and chairs provided by Peace Lutheran Church; EOAF provided macaroni and potato salads, lettuce, cheese and sliced onions; Albertson's donated hamburger and hot dog buns; Wal-Mart provided paper products - plates, napkins, garbage sacks, and table ware; and "Free Spirit Design" - Jason Hogge created the signs that were posted at the picnic that announced the barbecue event and the many contributors.

The Carnes family, Yvonne, Tony, Tucker and Steffi Buchwald teamed with Angie Gallino to operate the grills, organize the service area and serve up hamburger and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Yvonne works at EOAF and is in charge of accounts receivable.

EOAF staff, volunteers and clients helped with various clean up projects.

"We look forward to the area having an effective and helpful Neighborhood Watch Program, and we appreciate the leadership of the City of Pendleton Head Start and Free to Grow," said Bob Wright, executive director of EOAF. "It was a job well done."


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