Russellville Middle School Assistant Principal Lisa White has been named Region 4 winner of the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award.
White was nominated for the award by Superintendent Leon Smith because of her founding of and work with CharacterWorks, a program that promotes the importance of all citizens of Logan County being united in their efforts to exemplify excellent character in every facet of their lives.
“We are very pleased that CharacterWorks, led by Lisa White, is getting statewide recognition,” Smith said after learning of White’s win. “She has been an inspiration to this community and to our school system. We are fortunate to have her in a leadership position. She is impacting the youth of this entire county.”
Since founding CharacterWorks, White has involved local schools, city and county governments, businesses, churches and non-profit organizations in the program and worked diligently to publicly recognize students nominated to be citizens of character in Russellville and Logan County schools through the media and in other ways.
White received her award during the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena on Friday. Before she received the award she said she was very excited about the “tremendous” impact “this recognition has on our character organization.”
“The way to gain support for things such as character education is by showing how much it is valued in our communities,” she added. “CharacterWorks has developed and grown due to the support in Logan County.”
White is now looking forward to furthering CharacterWorks’ mission.
“Out next event will be May 4th at Crossroads Church, where we’ll recognize our character students in Logan County and Russellville schools,” she said. “Then, in July, we will have our re-boost event, where we’ll focus on making sure CharacterWorks stays strong and never fizzles out, because CharacterWorks does work.”