Campbellsville Independent Schools alumnus and parent Amanda McNeill received the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 12.
CIS Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
McNeill, who graduated from Campbellsville High School and now has children attending Campbellsville elementary, middle and high schools, received the community Change Award.
The awards are given based upon six elements, which spell the word Eagles. They include Encouraging and exhibiting Attitudes of Greatness, while Leading with high Expectations to Success.
CES Principal Elisha Rhodes and reading interventionist Farrah Hord nominated McNeill for the award.
In a letter, Hord wrote that McNeill helps with parent drop-off at CES every morning, no matter the weather.
“She also takes on many of our Eagle students and treats them as her own,” Hord wrote. “She takes many kids home to change or to get something to eat before football games and basketball games and pays for it out of her own pocket.”
Hord wrote that McNeill waits after every basketball game to make sure each player has a ride home.
“Ms. Amanda is also the team mom for the middle school football team. She heads up any dinner or activity they have. She spends countless volunteer hours putting everything together for these events,” Hord wrote.
“Any player can go to her for anything, because they know she will be there for them.”
Hord wrote that McNeill has done so much behind the scenes work to make sure all Eagles succeed.
In her letter nominating McNeill for the award, Rhodes wrote that she has watched McNeill work diligently as the CMS football mom, from organizing fundraisers and events to volunteering countless hours to the program.
“Not only does she volunteer her time, but you will constantly see her with a van full of students taking them to and from practice and games and often feeding them and providing Gatorades to make sure they don’t go without.”
Rhodes wrote that McNeill can be found in the CES parking lot every morning, no matter if the weather is sunny, cold, rainy or snowy.
“She truly is a diamond in the rough and one who is constantly changing lives in our District, from elementary to middle to high school,” Rhodes wrote. “I am privileged to work beside her and honored to recommend her for the change award.”
Smith said all of McNeill’s volunteer work is greatly appreciated, and doesn’t go unnoticed.
“Those kids will always remember that,” he said.
McNeill said she is appreciative of the award, and for the opportunity to help children.
“It’s a blessing,” she said.
McNeill is married to Les McNeill, and has three children, Ethan Irwin, a fourth-grader at CES; Logan Phillips, an eighth-grader at CMS; and Braydon Phillips, a sophomore at CHS.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at left, honors CIS alumnus and parent Amanda McNeill with the community Change Award.