Dana Kjome, left, is pictured with Superintendent Rachel Udstuen who presented him and Evonne Morken, far right, with plaques on Dec. 3 during the school’s choir concert. The two long-time school employees were honored for making a difference and ensuring every child receives a quality education, part of the Citizens Recognition Award.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Dana Kjome, left, is pictured with Superintendent Rachel Udstuen who presented him and Evonne Morken, far right, with plaques on Dec. 3 during the school’s choir concert. The two long-time school employees were honored for making a difference and ensuring every child receives a quality education, part of the Citizens Recognition Award.

Each year for the past 29 years, the Spring Grove School District has awarded many different individuals with the Citizens Recognition Award. This award is in conjunction with American Education Week.

November 2012 marked the 91st annual celebration of this week, which is a time to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference to ensure every child receives a quality education.

This year's recipients of the Citizens Recognition Award in Spring Grove were Dana Kjome and Evonne Morken.

They were both honored with a plaque and standing ovations during the Spring Grove High School Choir Concert on Dec. 3.

Kjome has been an employee of the Spring Grove School District for 37 and three-fourths years. He will be retiring from his position as head of maintenance at the end of December.

During his time at school, he has overseen many improvements in the facility including the expansion of the building with the addition of the Media Center, practice gym, elevator, handicapped accessibility projects and the top-floor renovation that included the classrooms, bathrooms and air-handling system.

Morken was the head crossing guard for the district for 20 years, retiring in June 2012. Two times a day throughout the entire school year, she made sure students not only safely crossed the busy road by the school, but she also greeted each student by name.

On special occasions, she brightened everyone's day with her special outfits - Easter Bunny, Halloween witch and Santa Claus.

Morken also made students in kindergarten through sixth grade feel extra special on their birthdays with a card and sucker.

With the announcement of the award recipients, Kjome and Morken both received cheers, whistles and a standing ovation by the students in the choirs showing just how special these two honorees have been to the students at school.