May 04, 2007
Devon Day, teacher at Wilson Classical High School, has won the national MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education Award.
The award honors middle school, junior high, and high school educators who are making an impact beyond their schools for the betterment of the entire community. It is a project of the National Civic League sponsored by the MetLife Foundation.
Day received a $5,000 grant that she will use to continue her work developing an amateur radio team at Wilson High School to provide emergency radio services from the high school to the City of Long Beach and beyond.
An experienced ham radio operator, Day began the Wilson Amateur Radio Emergency Communications team with the assistance of the Amateur Radio Association of Long Beach, a local club that maintains a station on the Queen Mary. Since the beginning of the training program in 2005, six Wilson students have earned their ham radio licenses.
Wilson will soon boast the district’s first mobile amateur radio station, thanks to Day bringing together a variety of groups and district offices. The soon-to-be-completed trailer housing the station will be taken wherever it might be needed in the event of an emergency.
The Ambassador in Education Awards were started to recognize secondary school educators striving for a sense of community within their schools and trying to extend that relationship to those living and working in surrounding neighborhoods.