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McCoy receives NIEA Elder of the Year Award
SNOHOMISH COUNTY The National Indian Education Association earlier this month presented its coveted Elder of the Year Award to state Rep. John McCoy, citing in its award-announcement letter the Snohomish County legislators lifelong service to promoting quality education through active community service.
Im so honored to receive this recognition for the work in which I have been proud to join, said McCoy, D-Tulalip.
In my family and community life, as well as in the Legislature, he explained, I have worked to look at the big picture to look at what we can be doing to make a better present for kids in each one of our communities. Thats the only way were going to make a better future for kids in every one of our communities.
McCoy was applauded by the association for his promotion and support of Indian education in 2007. But he emphasized that I believe very strongly that it is our duty to educate all youngsters.
This award is for the families in our Tulalip community, certainly as well as for the other folks in the Marysville region and in the rest of Snohomish County.
McCoy, who over the years has won support for legislation strengthening nonprofit youth organizations and the teaching of tribal history in the schools, said the legislative session earlier this year was particularly good for education.
The education package we adopted this session highlights early learning, full basic-education funding, equal opportunity for every student, professional development for all school staff, and quality work-force training, he pointed out.
Children need to get their education off to a good start. We must provide children and parents with a strong foundation for our youngsters to launch their school-careers. Kids who start school behind tend to stay behind. Every child has a constitutional right to begin school ready to learn.
More than 2,000 more kids can now attend early learning programs. Were funding home-visits for at-risk youngsters so these preschool children will later start school on an even footing and not become Department of Corrections statistics a few years down the road. We also want to phase in full-day kindergarten.
McCoy is active with the United Way, the Native American advisory boards for the National and Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs, and the advisory board for the Cascade Land Conservancy. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, and he is the manager of Quil Ceda Village, which oversees management of the infrastructure at the Tulalip Business Park in Snohomish County.
The National Indian Education Association is the oldest and largest organization working for the interests of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian educators and students.