Entertainment Explosion and superintendent honored
Congratulations to "Entertainment Explosion" for receiving this year's Community Leadership Award during the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) 2017 Region 113 awards banquet.
Superintendent Dick Cvitanich nominated the group for the honor and shared during the May 24 awards presentation about the members' efforts for more than a decade on behalf of students throughout the region.
Entertainment Explosion, a non-profit performing troupe, has been hosting an annual benefit concert for homeless children for 11 consecutive years. "A Really Big Shoe 11 Our Last Farewell" performed on March 12 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia and raised another $25,000 for homeless children in eight local school districts — Olympia, North Thurston, Tumwater, Shelton, Yelm, Tenino, Rainier and Rochester — and for Community Youth Services.
During its 11 years of performing, Entertainment Explosion has raised more than $275,000 to help pay for children’s shoes, clothing, shelter, school fees, classes and much more.
Cvitanich was also honored during the awards banquet. Olympia School Board Vice President Frank Wilson surprised the school leader by recognizing him with a special honor for educators who are retiring this year. Cvitanich will retire effective June 30, 2017 after 42 years of service, including the past five in Olympia, to K-12 public education.
Wilson said in part, "He has been a mentor to colleagues, a cheerleader for students and an advocate for statewide legislation in support of education ... We thank Dick Cvitanich for his more than four decades of service to K-12 public education."
The annual WASA event presents regional honorary awards to recognize outstanding educational administrators and others who have made extraordinary contributions to K-12 education. Olympia was among 19 school districts that received awards.