Howard Perrin counselor honored by BSD
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.
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.