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ESProfessional 2012 ESPecially for Kids Award Amanda Harbison, Flowing Wells Education Association, does many things above and beyond her job description as a part-time school librarian and part-time reading lab aide at Homer Davis Elementary School. She is always willing to assist students, staff, and families. Amanda comes into contact with each and every student at her school. Homer Davis has a 90% free and reduced lunch eligibility, and many of the students deal routinely with poverty, crime, and social and family issues. In these times of budget cuts, Amanda has stepped up to make sure that these students have a chance to succeed at school and to learn to be healthy. Amanda shines as a librarian and arranges author visits, facilitates Olympic Studies, plans hands-on lessons, manages school book fairs, and hosted "PJ Readers," which was funded through an AEA Promise Grant in 2010. "PJ Readers" encouraged families to read together, and books were distributed to children who had none. Amanda also runs several lunchtime and after-school book clubs for students throughout the year, serves as the accompanist for the after-school Homer Davis Dragon Choir, and is always on the lookout for the next thing she can do to enhance the learning or health of the students. Through grants Amanda has written, she administers the Arizona Nutrition Network: Healthy Schools, Healthy Eating initiative. Students learn about healthy foods and good eating habits, and every classroom receives teaching materials. Teaming with the P.E. teacher, Amanda sponsors "Mighty Milers," a morning walking club, and has written grants for P.E. equipment in the effort to get students moving. Students are much more aware of their own health and of those around them because of her endeavors. She is highly involved with her school community, and her creative ideas, bounteous energy, and loving spirit are in evidence every day. ✒ NEA ESP Virtual Career Resource Useful Link Resources include: The Education Support Professionals Be sure to check out these other stories for more opportunities to get involved and take action. ESP Action 11 AEA Delegates Approve ESP Core Value 19 General Election Pull-out Guide (ESP) Virtual Career Resource Center is available to all Association members online at It currently contains ESPQ publications, research data, and an array of useful links to other websites and ESP specific resources. You can search the Center by title, topic, publisher, author, date, job title, or keyword. Publications can be viewed online or downloaded and printed. Sample topics include: ✔ Bullying ✔ Health Care ✔ Privatization ✔ School Transportation ✔ Worker Health and Safety ✔ Grants ✔ Green Schools ✔ ESP General Job Family Information 30 Fall 2012 ❘ AEA Advocate ✔ Food Service Standards and Guidelines ✔ Clerical Training Programs, Requirements and Skills Testing Practice ✔ Resume Writing Resources ✔ Trades Test Preparation ✔ Technology and Technical Services Grants and Standards ✔ Security and Safety Plan Samples and Resources ✔ Parapro Assessment Test Resources ✔ and much more! The ESP Virtual Career Resource Center is a work in progress. New publications and resources are continually being added. NEA members and staff are urged to send in recommendations for additional topic areas and/or resources to share. ✒

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