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FRED Award Winners are WPS Grads

The two final FRED award winners of 2019 have two very big things in common:

Laurie Boddy and Joel Nunez are both graduates of the school district and they both work at Harris Park Elementary.

The two were honored at the Dec. 10 Board of Education meeting for their commitment to the children of Westminster Public Schools. They were nominated by coworkers at Harris Park Elementary who see the daily impact they make on their school and community.FRED Winner 12-10

Laurie Boddy, Harris Park, Culinary Manager - Nominated by Meredith Borden, School Psychologist.

“Laurie is an exceptional human who continuously prioritizes the needs of students. She often goes above and beyond to support our community by purposefully learning every child's story, purchasing individual fidget toys for students to use in the cafeteria to feel safe in an otherwise overwhelming environment and making sure every child has access to a warm and nutritious lunch.  She even uses google translate to have "on the spot" conversations with the parents of our students to ensure their child has access to foods they will like and eat while at school. She is a truly unique and wonderful person, and the Harris Park and Westminster community are lucky to have her as a member of our family.”

Joel Nunez, Harris Park, Custodian

Joel Nunez, Harris Park, Custodian - Nominated by Jeremiah Schlosser, Art Teacher.

“Joel is currently taking classes, during the day, at Front Range Community College, then comes to Harris Park after school to begin his evening custodial shift. He is working towards becoming ASE certified as a mechanic. Joel is always on time and nothing can interrupt his routine unless someone needs some extra support. No matter what you ask of him over the radio, you hear his trademark, "Okie-Doke" in reply and he helps take care of our extra concerns. Joel occasionally stops by the art room to give stickers to the cleanest table before the students are dismissed from the last class of the day. Joel is one of the most responsible 21-year-old I've ever met. It is impressive how he balances working full time and going to school full time and finding success in both. “

The FRED award is given out quarterly and is named after a Colorado mail carrier profiled in the book “The Fred Factor” written by author Mark Sanborn. The national bestseller details how “passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.”

In addition to being publicly recognized at the Board of Education meeting, recipients receive a copy of the book “The Fred Factor”, a lapel pin and an engraved trophy.

Families, community members and employees are invited to recognize a WPS employee who provides excellent customer service.

Please send a message to  to enter your nomination. Continue to read What’s Up WPS for updates and to see future winners.