Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Teacher Inspired by Other Winners ; Ocker Returns from Once in a Lifetime Washington Experience

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Teacher Inspired by Other Winners ; Ocker Returns from Once in a Lifetime Washington Experience

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Sherry Ocker, a fourth-and fifth-grade teacher at Evansville's Highland Elementary School, said she got chills after listening to Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel, a Romanian-born Jewish-American professor and political activist, speak earlier this week at the national Jefferson Awards celebration in Washington, D. C. Ocker was selected as the local recipient of the 2013 Jefferson Award for her work with the afterschool program at Westbrook

Mobile Home Court. She volunteers there at least 10 hours a week for afterschool tutoring of students in a trailer converted into a classroom, the first learning facility of its kind in the area which opened for its first summer program in May 2012.

"All the things that have been accomplished at Westbrook Evolution have been possible because our entire community is caring and willing to help others," she said.

In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard established the Jefferson Awards. Recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. Thirteen years ago, the program was brought to the Tri-State by the Evansville Courier & Press. …

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