February 12, 2020 – Rumford, ME – Rumford Elementary School nurse Tracy Pinkham and first/second grade special education teacher Helen Storer have been nominated for the 2019-20 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
Pinkham was nominated by her principal, Jill Bartash, for going above and beyond to keep students healthy over the past seven years. She and her colleague manage a weekend backpack program, where they pack and deliver 35 bags of food each week. This program provides a safety net for students in need.
Pinkham organizes fluoride varnishes twice a year to keep students’ teeth strong, and she also provides sealants for some grades. Additionally, she organizes the Lion’s Club, which performs a vision screening on all students. With these two programs in place, families are able to receive additional dental services, and several students are able to get the glasses they need.
"Our school community is incredibly fortunate to have such a leader in the profession as our very own," said Bartash. "Tracy ensures students’ health at school goes far beyond the typical band-aids and scrapes.”
Storer was nominated by her colleague, Matu Gallant, for selflessly donating her time to students and staff. She stays after school and to make sure students have what they need, and she congratulates them on their accomplishments.
“She has helped me through some tough times at work and has lifted my spirits with positive comments,” said Gallant. “I don't know if there is anyone at our school who doesn't get along with her. She brings a smile to everyone."
To view Pinkham and Storer’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profiles:
For more information please visit, https://www.lifechangeroftheyear.com/