Howard Per­rin coun­selor hon­ored by BSD

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Ben­ton School Board pre­sented a Pan­ther Pride award on Mon­day to a new mem­ber of the Ben­ton School District staff.

Howard Per­rin Ele­men­tary School coun­selor Gabe Rhynes was hon­ored by the board for be­ing cho­sen as one of the win­ners of the Ar­vest Bank “We Love Teach­ers” cam­paign. The Pan­ther Pride award was pre­sented to him by Howard Per­rin Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Sta­cye Shel­nut.

“Gabe Rhynes is new to the district and new to our school this year,” Shel­nut said. “He serves as our school coun­selor.”

This is the fourth year that Ar­vest has cho­sen to award teach­ers with mon­e­tary gifts for their class­rooms.

“As a busi­ness that stresses com­mit­ment to the com­mu­ni­ties we serve, it is our plea­sure here at Ar­vest to rec­og­nize some of the teach­ers who con­trib­ute so much to those same com­mu­ni­ties,” Ar­vest Pres­i­dent and CEO Kevin Sabin said in a news re­lease. “It has been ex­cit­ing to watch our ‘We Love Teach­ers’ cam­paign grow over the last sev­eral years and we hope th­ese awards show how much we value and ap­pre­ci­ate the hard work our teach­ers put in ev­ery day.”

Ar­vest has awarded 131 educators with a to­tal of $65,000 in prize money.

Shel­nut added that

Rhynes was awarded $500 from Ar­vest in or­der to use in his coun­sel­ing les­sons.

Ar­vest stated on a com­pany blog that the de­ci­sion to once again award the in­di­vid­ual mon­e­tary gifts to teach­ers “was made not only out of re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the work teach­ers do, but as a sign of sup­port at a time when some schools con­tinue to face bud­get chal­lenges”.

All prize money was awarded to teach­ers who work at state-funded schools.

DANA GUTHRIE/THE Saline Courier

Howard Per­rin Ele­men­tary School Coun­selor Gabe Rhynes (left) re­ceives a Pan­ther Pride Award from Prin­ci­pal Stayce Shel­nut dur­ing Mon­day night’s reg­u­larly sched­uled Ben­ton School Board meet­ing.

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