Christine “Chris” Wallace received a Community Leadership Award for the Touchet area from the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators during a June 14 conference.
The event was at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, where 18 awards were presented for honorees throughout the region, said Susan Bell, Touchet Schools superintendent.
At the event, Susan cited Chris for her love and tremendous support of the Touchet sports program.
A local businesswoman, a handful of Chris’ grandchildren have attended Touchet schools.
“A few years ago she brought the ‘Whoop Whoop’ into our cheer stand; she even had T-shirts made to increase school spirit and pride,” Susan said in announcing the award.
Chris is steadfast in either organizing or providing meals for student athletes who travel to away games.
“Our students are sometimes on the bus for three hours each way and she makes sure that they are well fed. All the students fondly call her ‘Grandma Chris’,” Susan said.
Chris has also been instrumental in bringing fundraisers to the school, the most recent being a Paint ‘n Sip project.
“You can always find Chris in the stands wearing her special spirit headband and T-shirt,” Susan added.