Gina Saladino was named both the North Country Region Champion for Children and State Champion from among five nominees on Friday, May 9, by the N. H. School Administrators Association at an award ceremony at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Her husband, Matt, and their three sons — Bailey, left, Brendan, and Jack — were on hand when Saladino was recognized. Photo by Paul Bousquet. (click for larger version)
May 14, 2014GORHAM — Gina Saladino of Gorham not only brought home honors as the North Country Region's Champion for Children but was also recognized as New Hampshire's Champion for Children out of five regional nominees.
SAU 20 Superintendent Paul Bousquet nominated Saladino for the prestigious award, and both soon-to-retire Gorham High School principal Keith Parent and Ed Fenn Elementary School principal Karen Walsh Moore wrote detailed letters of support in early March.
Both Parent and Moore characterized Saladino as a "constant and tireless supporter of children in our community," including all stakeholders in the Gorham-Randolph-Shelburne Cooperative School District.
"Whether a sports emphasis or an academic emphasis or a school culture emphasis, Mrs. Saladino works to support children," Moore writes.
"In my 39 years as an educator, I have never seen a more energetic and actively individual than Gina Saladino," Parent writes, noting that she is the mother of three active boys, wife of Gorham Middle School's guidance counselor, coach of our Destination Imagination team, and ski team helper, as well as the planner, leader, and preparer of a "massive spaghetti fundraiser" that has brought in more than $3,000 a year for seven years that is used to offset the cost of activities and purchases for the middle and elementary schools.
Saladino was awarded a plaque that memorializes her receipt of regional honors and also the traditional etched glass statewide Champion for Children Award.