Northwest NEWS

June 21, 1999

Valley Special

Luanna Sanborn receives Golden Acorn Award

Golden Acorn Award

Luanna Sanborn (left) receives the Golden Acorn Award for volunteerism from PTSA president Linda Williams.

   On Thursday, May 20, Luanna Sanborn was awarded the prestigious Golden Acorn Award for her years of school and community volunteerism, locally and around the world. She was presented this award by the Stillwater Elementary PTSA.

   Married for 23 years and the mother of two grown sons, Luanna began her volunteerism as a teenager, teaching Sunday School, as well as traveling to Mexico City on a mission of goodwill. In recent years, she has been very involved in the local schools. She has held a variety of PTSA offices, including co-president, vice-president (twice), and chairman of the legislative committee.

   Luanna has always volunteered in her sons' classrooms and has continued her classroom involvement by volunteering in Mrs. Carnegie's class at Stillwater. Her community involvement includes being an elections volunteer during local and national elections, political representative for the Republican Party for the Lake Joy District, and is a member of the United Valley Scholarship Committee.

   This year, her compassion for others led her to Romania on a medical mission with her church. She toured orphanages and visited the children her church is supporting in individual homes. She also did a lot of work with Gypsies and their children in Romania.

   The Golden Acorn Award is presented to school and community volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youth. Since the beginning of this statewide volunteer recognition program in 1937, more than 35,000 Golden Acorn Awards have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington.