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Widower accepts award for late wife


This news story was published on April 28, 2016.
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Clayton Powell

Clayton Powell

MASON CITY – The widower of a Mason City teacher who passed away this week has accepted an award on her behalf.

This spring the Mason City Community School District started the Mohawk Shining Star award.

Each month the Mohawk Shining Star award is presented to a staff member at each of the buildings as a way of recognizing their passion for the profession, outstanding teaching strategies, teamwork, creativity, kindness, and care for students, families and other staff members.

At a meeting on Tuesday morning, Sara Powell was recognized as Roosevelt’s Shining Star recipient. Sara, who taught special education at Roosevelt Elementary School, passed away last weekend, and her funeral was held Thursday. Mason City school district staff celebrated Sara’s positive attitude, her ability to make learning fun, unconditional love of children, flexibility, willingness to help, and her sense of humor. Although the award given each month is intended to travel, Roosevelt’s trophy has now found a permanent home. Clayton Powell, Sara’s husband, accepted the award on Sara’s behalf. Sara’s impact on Roosevelt, the Mason City Community School District and the entire teaching profession will brightly shine forever.

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