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Sherry Moore receives 2006
Community Service Award

Sherry Moore (left) has received the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce 2006 Community Service Award. Clay Sloan, chairman-elect of the Chamber of Commerce Board, made the presentation Friday at the Chamber's annual meeting.

Sherry Smith Moore of Hoxie has been named the 2006 Community Service Award recipient. The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce gives the award to an individual who has demonstrated the highest ideals in community service, who has bettered the lives of others and who is a role model.

Moore has a 28-year history of service in education. She has taught career orientation, home economics and family and consumer sciences. She spent the first six and a half years of her career teaching at Sloan-Hendrix, then 14 years at Hoxie High School and approximately six years at Walnut Ridge High School. She has also been employed by the State Department of Education in workforce education for a total of two years.

Although retired from full-time teaching, Moore has remained an active supporter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), formerly Future Homemakers of America (FHA). Since her retirement, she has continued to serve as an FCCLA evaluator for competitions and has attended regional meetings and a national convention.

"FCCLA ~ that's one of my loves," said Moore. "FHA helped bring out my leadership skills when I was in high school," she added.

Moore also serves in many other leadership and volunteer positions. For the past two years, she has served as a member of the Rails to Trails Board, a group seeking to convert a former railroad spur into a biking and hiking trail through the Hoxie and Walnut Ridge area. She has worked with the board to acquire a non-profit status for the project.

Moore is completing her first two-year term as a member of the Hoxie City Council and was unopposed for her second term, which begins in January. She is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board and has just finished a term as president of Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization for women educators.

Moore is also active in her church, the Hoxie United Methodist Church. She serves on her church's administrative board and teaches the junior-senior high Sunday school class.

In January, Moore will begin a new job as part-time workforce education coordinator for the Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative. Again, this will find her working in the educational fields of family and consumer sciences, as well as vocational agriculture, business and health occupations.

Karen Williams received this award in 2005, and Opal Mullen of Strawberry was the recipient in 2004.

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