Tomblin to honor woman for service

CHARLESTON – Colleen Barnhart, of St. Marys, a foster grandparent at Belmont Elementary School, will be honored by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Aug. 7.

Barnhart will be honored for her dedication to service at the annual Governor’s Service Awards banquet at the Charleston Civic Center. The banquet is held as a part of Faces of Leadership, the annual state volunteerism conference.

Presented since 1995, the Governor’s Service Awards honors individuals, families and organizations that exemplify outstanding dedication to volunteerism and community service in West Virginia. Barnhart receives her award in the National Service category.

Barnhart serves at Belmont Elementary as part of the Foster Grandparent Program. Barnhart finds ways to connect with each of her students in a special way, according to school officials. When she walks in the doors of the school, students are excited to see her. She loves the students and they love her, according to staff at Belmont Elementary.

For tickets to the awards banquet, or information about the conference, contact Moya Doneghy at 304-558-0111 or 1-800-WV-HELPS.