Effort counts, and Cleveland Board of Education member Willetta Milam thinks it should be recognized.
On behalf of the board, Milam recently presented the Iowa-Maple School girls basketball team with certificates of appreciation. The team's record did not matter as much as the players’ approach to the game.
“Even though they didn’t make the playoffs, they worked really hard,” Milam said. “I let them know on behalf of the Board of Education how proud we are of them and told them to keep up the good work.”
The team, made up of seventh- and eighth-graders, included Tonya Baldwin, Jaleeya Harris Blair, Kiarra Sanders, Kiera Butler, Ranika Northcross, Cherish Kidd, Savannah Williams, Jim'Maya Brown and Avianna Augustine Miller. Wade Howard, who works in CMSD’s Division of Safety and Security, has coached the team for six years.
Milam also recognized Iowa-Maple volunteers and community advocates Christopher and Patricia Walls.