The Shawnee Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that April Craig Stobbe has been selected as the 2018 recipient of its annual Max Brattin Award for Excellence in Education and Community. The award will be formally presented at the Shawnee Educational Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at the Geiger Center, at Oklahoma Baptist University.

April Craig Stobbe earned both her BS in Early Childhood Education and her MS in Child Development at Oklahoma State University. A supporter described her work representing the Shawnee Public School Board on the Shawnee Middle School Avedis Park thusly, “April worked tirelessly to insure the best possible outcome for the students and the community. She was diligent not only in her concern and attention for detail, but also, she had innovative suggestions for the park throughout the process. April is a dedicated public servant, serving in many areas throughout our city. Shawnee is blessed to have her talent, experience and heart in our community.”

A Shawnee Public Schools Board member since 2002, April has also been involved in many civic organizations bettering our schools and community, including the Board of Directors or Advisory Boards of the Shawnee Family YMCA, BancFirst Shawnee, Shawnee Educational Foundation, Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, Shawnee Little Theater and the Community Market of Pottawatomie County. She is also an active sustaining member in the Junior Service League, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Friends of the Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art and serves on the Blue Zones Education Committee, Community Renewal Block Leaders and First Baptist Church Hospitality Committee and Preschool Children's Choir leader.

April is married to John C. Stobbe DDS. April is a Shawnee High School graduate and their three children have attended Shawnee Public Schools. John serves as volunteer tennis coach at Horace Mann Elementary School and for the Shawnee High School girl’s tennis team.

One of the major events at this banquet is the awarding of money grants to deserving teachers, and site grants to schools, in the Shawnee area. The grants fund innovative projects that make a difference in public education classrooms for students in the Shawnee Public Schools, Grove, Pleasant Grove, and South Rock Creek Districts. Over $375,000.00 has been awarded by the Foundation, including this year’s grants, in total grant dollars since the inception of the Foundation. This level of help enriches the education of the public school students in the community and surrounding area.

Donations can be mailed to the Shawnee Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 3521, Shawnee, OK, 74802-3521. Tickets to the banquet may be purchased for the price of $50.00 per person, and are included within the amount of the donation. Donor levels are as follows: $25 – 99 - Member; $100 - $249 - Patron; $250 - $499 - Benefactor; $500 - $999 - Leadership; $1,000 - $4,999 - Stakeholder; $5,000 and over – Founder. Proceeds from the annual “Hall of Fame Banquet” provide grants to teachers for enhanced educational programs in their classrooms.

A second award, induction into the Shawnee Educational Hall of Fame, is also awarded by the Shawnee Educational Foundation. The recipient of this award has been selected, and will be announced by separate article.