HER PASSION AND ENERGY ARE ENDLESS, AND SHE MAKES ME WANT TO BE BETTER AT MY JOB AND A BETTER NEIGHBOR. SHE KEEPS FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT LISLE
Lisle is the Whole Child Initiatives Coordinator in a Denver-area school district and is dedicated to making sure their most impacted students have the basic food, hygiene, and health supplies to be ready to learn. Shannon nominated her, saying, “Her job is to seek out students and families who are struggling so that the student can become learning ready. This means getting emergency assistance to the family, tapping them into local programs, providing a bag of groceries or some clothes, or even helping them locate a bed for a new home as they move out of homelessness. With the Covid-19 crisis, Lisle is personally going to their homes and reaching out to their families.”
Lisle doesn’t stop when her weekday is done. “At night, she writes grants to try to get funds for this work. On the weekends, she's rallying her friends and neighbors to bring groceries and household supplies and even books and activities for families without television or internet, so that when she arrives at their houses, she can help them with what they need”, Shannon says.
Shannon continues, “Her passion and energy are endless, and she makes me want to be better at my job and a better neighbor. She keeps fighting the good fight. We can’t do this without Lisle.” On the day of the surprise, Lisle was in the midst of her work, surrounded by diapers and other emergency supplies.
Lisle shares her mantra from Walt Whitman, O Me! O Life! (and also tattooed on her arm), “That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”