Scholarship winner on why unions are importantby County and City Employee staff on July 4, 2012
THE ESSAY BELOW was submitted by Helen Pendergraft, daughter of Norman Pendergraft of Local 114 (the City of Bellingham) as part of her application for a Council 2 scholarship.
She was selected to receive Council 2’s 2012 four-year Scholarship Award ($5,000 per year for four years).
While in high school she joined the picket line when her schools’ teachers went on strike. In addition, as a reporter for her school magazine she wrote her first article on the teachers’ strike, so that she could help dispel some of the mixed messages being spread.
What unions mean to my family
By Helen Pendergraft