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Anita Coult Awarded Unsung Hero Award at Chillicothe Rotary Meeting
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At left, Basic skills aide, Anita Coult, part of the faculty and staff at Grand River Technical School, was recently awarded the 2010 Chillicothe Rotary Unsung Hero Award.

The Rotary Appreciation Dinner was held in late October at the Chillicothe Country Club in recognition of Grand River Technical School, which was chosen to be recognized this year by the Rotary. The dinner was followed by guest speaker Mark Mayfield. The culmination of the evening was a presentation of the Unsung Hero Award, given each year by the Chillicothe Rotary Club.
In her nomination letter from the faculty and staff at GRTS, assistant director Jayme Caughron states, "Anita has outstanding human relation skills and treats everyone with whom she associates with courtesy, friendliness and respect. She wants only the best for our students, our school, and our community. She gives 100 percent in all that she endeavors and is truly a team player."

Anita's primary duties as Basic Skills Aide are to assist students in improving their academic skills in reading, writing and math. She also helps teach lessons in the subject matter, and works closely with teachers to ensure that she is providing appropriate instruction. She tutors students in all programs so that each one is able to pass their safety tests with 100 percent accuracy. "Anita has a most unique ability to see things that need to be done with students or for staff," the letter goes on to say, "and she does those things very often without being asked to do them, and without making students or staff feel inadequate for needing the help."

Anita focuses not only on teaching the academic content, but she also stresses the importance of good work ethic and communication skills in preparing students for their careers. She is instrumental in the success of the Pre-Employment Preparation Program (PREP) at GRTS. She helps students prepare resumes, letters of application and even helps select appropriate clothing to wear to an interview. She helps students with time management skills, including reminding them of important due dates and tests and providing evening offerings to help with studying. She also follows up on students with poor attendance.

"There are a number of students who have walked across the stage at graduation and received their diplomas that I truly believe would not have done so had it not been for Anita Coult," said Caughron in the letter. "For some of those students, she even selected appropriate clothing for them to wear and purchased it with funds raised by Tria Sorosis, an organization to which she belongs."

Anita grew up on a farm, attended a consolidated rural Missouri school, and graduated from Truman State with a Parks and Recreations degree. She worked at a private pre-school program in Chillicothe for several years and then was an aide at GRTS for the at-risk classroom for several years. Anita is married to Terry Coult, and they have three children; sons, David and Ben and daughter, Jamie. She is a member of the United Methodist Church in Chillicothe.

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