DOING GOOD, TOGETHER — Scott Kearns presented the check to Chris Lewis. Also pictured, from left: Kathy Bienias, physical therapist; Susan Buffum, classroom assistant; Kathy Gallagher, program administratior; Margaret Chapman, speech pathologist; Patty Margerum, special education teacher and Carol Hoch, speech pathologist.
SPRINGVILLE — Scott Kearns, the newly elected president of the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation, presented a $1,000 check to the Children’s League. The gift was made in memory of Joseph and Betty Cooke.
Joe and Betty Cooke were founding members of the League for the Handicapped, in 1960. In 1961, Betty Cooke started the League’s Preschool Learning Center, a preschool program for children with special needs. Cooke was joined by Edie Palmer, also a founding member of the league, who tackled the financial aspects of the preschool program’s development. Cooke retired in 1981. In 1986, the league built a school on North Street, on land donated by the Springville Lions Club. Prior to the North Street location, the school was located at the Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church.
Joe Cooke served as the principal at Springville Elementary School from 1954-1976.
Joe and Betty Cooke were also involved in the Hulbert Library, Springville Center for the Arts, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, West Valley Coalition and Beaver Meadow Nature Center.