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Local librarian honored by Catholic Foundation

Denise Wessels, St. John Catholic School librarian, was recently named one of the recipients of The Catholic Foundation’s “Work of Heart” Award.
The “Work of Heart” Award, established by an anonymous Dallas family through the Catholic Foundation, is offered to teachers, administrators and staff of Catholic lower, middle and high schools in the Diocese of Dallas.
“The award recognizes and honors excellence in all individuals, not just teachers,” said Edwin Schaffler, Foundation president and CEO. “It takes a hardworking staff to maintain our school’s high standards. That is why the benefactors are seeking to thank deserving individuals who truly put their hearts into their work whether it be a teacher, an administrative assistant or maintenance employee.”
The foundation provides up to 20 $500 awards each month from September to May of each school year, totaling as much as $90,000. Four grand awards of $5,000 are granted twice during the school year amounting to $40,000.
The program is open to anyone serving as a full- or part-time employee in a Catholic school located in the Diocese of Dallas. Recipients may receive only one monthly award during the year.
Wessels, the librarian for six years, said this award was an “awesome” honor for her to receive.
“It’s great,” said Wessels. “I really appreciate whoever nominated me. I am proud to be a part of this school and its community.”
Getting to know all the students and helping them find the right books are Wessels’ favorite parts of working at St. John, she said.
Wessels, and the 18 other November recipients, were selected from written nominations submitted to The Catholic Foundation and based on traditional merit including tenure and leadership, acts of kindness or charity, Christian example, mentoring and simply going the extra mile for an individual student, family or the community, according to Schaffler.
“It’s a fantastic accomplishment,” said St. John Principal Christopher Rebuck. “It says a lot about the quality of our staff. I am glad we are recognized as one of the schools in the Diocese to receive the award.”
Being an award that recognizes educators who work from the heart, Rebuck said the “Work of Heart” Award is a testamony to the fact that Wessels puts so much of herself into helping the students learn about the library and the school.
For more information about the award and to nominate a candidate, go to www.catholicfoundation.com for more information.
Incorporated in 1955, The Catholic Foundation was founded by a group of Catholic laymen with a vision that extended far beyond the charitable needs of the moment. For 50 years, this independent, non-profit corporation has dedicated its resources to compassionate charitable giving through grants provided by benefactors’ gifts through the many planned giving programs of The Catholic Foundation.

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