Foundation honors Marie Wilkerson

May 25, 2017

Spectrum Health is proud to honor Marie Wilkerson with the 2017 Northern Lights Education Award for her support to Evart’s community and education.

The Northern Lights awards are given by the Spectrum Health Foundation Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals each year to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals, groups or programs making a difference in our region.

Though Marie is a retired school administrator her passion for education continues. For years she has been an involved member of the Mecosta-Osceola School Board that focuses on quality educational programs provided to all students throughout the area.

Dr Curtis Finch, superintendent of MOISD and  Marie Wilkerson.

Dr Curtis Finch, superintendent of MOISD and
Marie Wilkerson.

As an Evart native, Marie recently has dedicated her time to her hometown. In 2015 Evart was identified as an eligible city under Governor Snyder’s Rising Tide program, a state-funded initiative that provides challenged communities with tools to build better economic development to attract business. Because of this designation, Marie wanted to engage in the progress of the community and strongly campaigned for the Evart Reads program for young readers.

Marie’s advocacy recruited over 45 volunteers for the Evart Reads program, which relies heavily on the work of volunteers. “The tireless work by Marie to recruit this many volunteers in such a small community was amazing,” said Dr Curtis Finch, superintendent of Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District.

“The children in the Evart area are benefitting immensely from The Evart Reads program. A large part of its success is owed to Marie’s ability to inspire and motivate people into making a difference in their community by volunteering.”

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