DO-IT Receives Golden Apple Award

Kathy Cook, DO-IT counselor/coordinator
Picture of Sheryl with Terry Bergeson, Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Golden Apple Awards
Sheryl with Terry Bergeson, Washington StateSuperintendent of Public instruction receives the Golden Apple Award.

For the eighth year, the KCTS Golden Apple Awards recognized programs and people making dramatic differences in education. They honored five individuals and four programs or initiatives with KCTS Golden Apple Awards.

DO-IT has received a Golden Apple Award in recognition of its efforts to maximize the academic and career success of people with disabilities in challenging fields, such as science, engineering, and technology. DO-IT is a collaboration between Computing & Communications, the College of Engineering, and the College of Education at the University of Washington.

Sheryl Burgstahler, director, accepted the award from Patty Murray, U.S. Senator, on January 15, 2000 at a celebration in the Intiman Theater, Seattle. In part, Sheryl said, "On behalf of DO-IT's staff, mentors, volunteers, participants and advocates, I am honored to accept this award. Our shared vision is a world where all people have opportunities to participate, to contribute, and to succeed, regardless of their abilities and disabilities. The success of participants in college and careers and their contributions to their communities provide the best measures of success for DO-IT. The DO-IT participants are changing the world. And, they are making it a better place for all of us."

KCTS TV celebrates the leadership and achievements of this year's Golden Apple Awards winners by regularly airing the Award ceremony. The 10 Golden Apple Award recipients were selected from more than 200 nominations by parents, students, educators and community leaders as examples of outstanding educational models throughout Washington state. Please join us in honoring their leadership and accomplishments. For more information about the recipients of the Golden Apple Awards, please visit the Golden Apple Awards section of the KCTS Web site at