June 28, 2003
Since March of 1999 the California Lottery has presented the "Heroes in Education" awards on "The Big Spin(R)" television show. This week's show airs Saturday, June 28, 2003, in 12 television markets statewide.
On this week's show, actor David Lander presented Cathy Sperry with the California Lottery's "Hero in Education" award. Lander has starred in funny films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Used Cars, and The Man With One Red Shoe. His has done voiceovers for movies such as A Bug's Life, Dr. Doolittle 2 and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. He is best known as "Squiggy" from the classic television series Laverne and Shirley.
Cathy Sperry, the recipient of the "Hero in Education" award is a very special lady, who has overcome great personal challenges to help California's students. Although Sperry suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, she has been volunteering at Castle View Elementary School in Riverside for nearly ten years. She travels several blocks to school in her wheelchair to work with Castle View's students. Once there, Sperry tutors first, third and sixth grade students, helping them perfect their reading, writing and speaking skills. She also brings out the creative side of Castle View's students by teaching them poetry, directing, writing and producing numerous school plays. Despite Sperry's own personal challenges, her first priority is her commitment to enriching the lives of California's students.
The California Lottery's distinguished "Heroes in Education" award is
presented monthly on "The Big Spin(R)" television show. The Lottery enlists
various celebrities to present these awards which recognize the "unsung
heroes" who devote of their time and/or resources to assist their neighborhood
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