By Kyle Bailey
News Radio 1240 KQEN
December 31, 2015 10:30 a.m.
A maintenance worker for the Roseburg School District has been nominated for a national award.
Sandie Shepherd has been nominated for the 2015-2016 national LIfeChanger of the Year award. That award is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation. Its awards program is designed to recognize and reward the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership, according to a press release from the organization.
The press release says that Shepherd is known as a hard worker who loves to help others. She and her husband own a herd of buffalo, a camel, a bobcat, and a wallaroo. Shepherd says he loves to bring the animals to schools and uses them to help with events, fundraisers and educational activities. Once a year, she brings the buffalo to Hucrest Elementary School to teach students about the Native American lifestyle.
This past Halloween she was in charge of ElktonÕs fall costume carnival, which raised funds for the school districtÕs Arts and Residents programs. She also leads the Roseburg 4-H program and has started a coat drive for children in need. Outside of school-related events, Shepherd also brings her animals to retirement homes to encourage residents.
A total of 16 winners will be chosen for a LifeChanger of the year award. The national grand prize award will be $10,000. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony. They will be announced next spring.