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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Pete Jackson receives recognition

  • The 16th Legislative District’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization recently presented its first-ever ‘Volunteer of the Year Award.’
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  • The 16th Legislative District’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization recently presented its first-ever ‘Volunteer of the Year Award.’ Retired Air Force Colonel Pete Jackson accepted the honor which included a personal letter of congratulation from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.  Jackson has been a CASA volunteer for ten years and was recognized for his care and quality of service to this area’s children who have been taken from their home and put into foster care. Jackson’s CASA role is to speak for the child to the court and to investigate and inform the court of the activities of individuals and agencies involved in the child’s case. The goal of all CASA efforts is to secure a permanent and safe home for the child that will allow them to continue to thrive.  This new recognition was presented to the person who has most impacted the local judiciary’s CASA program through continued and effective support and efforts.
     
    “The work I do for the children and the response I usually receive from them is really reward enough,” said Jackson.  “This recognition, though, is appreciated and I hope this announcement will encourage more people to ask about what it means to be a CASA volunteer and then consider becoming involved in this program.”
     
    Local Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Bailey says presenting the award will now become a yearly event as the efforts and results of CASA volunteer work should be recognized, and that Colonel Jackson was a great inaugural selection by her staff and her board.  She said the new recognition will honor valuable volunteers who use their time and care to the benefit of children.
    volunteercasa@arkansas.gov or call CASA Outreach Specialist, Susie Cover, 501.766.5218.
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