During educator Cliff Kehoe's stay at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, he and Carole Fisher, the facility's president and CEO, became quite friendly. Fisher promised Kehoe that she would honor his sense of mission and vision for high-risk elementary school students upon his death, and the hospice has since adopted a third-grade classroom at Robert Taylor Elementary in Henderson, Nev.
“He made an everlasting impression on me,” says Fisher, 53, a finalist for the Community Leadership Award.
“We make sure classes have supplies they need, so teachers don't have to spend out of their own pocket. … We make sure the children have what they need to start school and stay in school. That includes clothing at holiday time. The teachers will send out a wish list to the parents (asking), 'Do you need anything special for your child?' ”
Staff members at Nathan Adelson visit the classroom every so often to educate the students on everything from proper hygiene during cold and flu season to Nevada state history. Fisher's executive assistant coordinates that effort. “That's the secret to success, to have people around you,” she says. “I don't want to sound like I'm doing these wonderful things without an amazing team of people!”