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A miracle worker

We_deliver_color_4 Sadie Douglas, a teachers aide at Seminole Elementary, was surprised Friday with a $10,000 check for making miracles happen. She is the first winner of the district's "We Deliver" Award, created this year by Superindent MaryEllen Elia to recognize an employee who truly goes above and beyond.

Douglas, 64, buys clothes for students who arrive at school with nothing to wear. She has been a foster parent to 115 children over 10 years.

Teachers at Seminole Elementary launched a campaign on her behalf. The district received 62 nominations for Douglas, out of 700 received district-wide. Among them was principal Jackie Masters, who wrote, "She is a magician; children that are homeless or financially deprived come to us without uniforms or appropriate clothing. Ms. Sadie magically finds school polo shirts, uniform pants, shoes, socks, underwear, and even ribbons and bows for their hair. These children feel like superstars when she gets them all 'dressed up' for school."

- Letitia Stein, Hillsborough County education reporter

(Photo courtesy of the Hillsborough County school district)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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