Heart of Lakewood Community Service Award

  • The Heart of Lakewood Community Service Award recognizes outstanding community service contributions made by a student, staff member or community member to the Lakewood School District, a local not-for-profit community organization, neighborhood group, association or initiative. Eligible activities include initiating a community project that provides a substantial service to the Lakewood community; serving as an inspiration in the community as a result of selfless commitment to compassion and kindness that contributes to the greater good; or providing leadership in a community-based endeavor that brings out the best in other people.


    All students (current and former), staff and community members are eligible. An individual may only receive the award once. Community service that makes significant contributions to the Lakewood School District or in conjunction with school district activities as they shaped our community will be weighed most heavily in consideration. Applicants may self-nominate for this award. This award will be given annually by the second school board meeting in the month of June.

    Nominations must be submitted to rharnden@lwsd.wednet.edu by the deadline. The deadline for 2024 is May 22. Awards will be presented during the June 5 Board meeting. 

    Nomination Procedure

    1. Ensure the nominee’s eligibility
    2. Complete the nomination form
    3. Include a letter no more than one-page long, that highlights the nominee’s service to the community and the impact they have had

    The Superintendent and two Directors from the Lakewood School Board (who have not submitted any nominations) will make the final selection based on the above materials using
    the following criteria.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2023

    • Jeff Sowards, teacher and coach
    • Dale and Laurel Leach, Lakewood staff and school volunteers
    • Peter Nigro, school volunteer


    • Lakewood Education Foundation
    • Mike Almond, school volunteer
    • Dawn Taylor, school volunteer

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