Local Head-Start Teacher Wins Award

8-19-06 – A Head-Start teacher in Grant, Oklahoma has been honored with the Sergeant Shriver Achievement Award. The non-profit organization chooses one person in the country who has changed his or her life for the better.

Vonda Benson of Hugo, Oklahoma says she was shocked when she found out she won the award on Tuesday.

The single mother of four says she struggled for years on welfare before becoming a volunteer and later a preschool teacher. Benson has also earned her associate teaching degree and is working on her bachelors.

Next month, the Benson family will take a trip to Orlando, Florida where Benson will receive her award.