Friends, family, colleagues, administrators and Sunrise Rotarians joined Sherry Birchem as she received a Service to Youth award.
Pointview Elementary School Principal Sherry Birchem was surprised on November 1 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up in her school to present her with a Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award. She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake, cookies and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road. In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display. Birchem and other Service to Youth award winners will be honored at a breakfast in May.
Birchem’s nominator said that in just four years as principal, Sherry has brought new life to Pointview by embracing the “Leader in Me” philosophy, which helps students reach their greatest learning potential. She has played an integral role in turning around even the most challenging pupils, helping them to see they are valued and loved. Her care for children doesn’t stop in the building as Birchem attends the youngsters’ athletic events, and visits their homes, bringing bubbles, kites, jump ropes and even groceries.
Rotary Sunrise instituted Service to Youth awards seven years ago to recognize exceptional school employees who have made a special contribution to youth; have served as a positive role model for young people; and have demonstrated service above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities. The award is named in honor of Sunrise Rotarian Diane Conley, retired Chief of Academic Affairs for Westerville City Schools.