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NO. R-256.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Betty Hatch on being named the 2005 Martha H. O’Connor Friend of Education.


Offered by:  Representatives Leriche of Hardwick, Lawrence of Lyndon, Martin of Wolcott and Rodgers of Glover.

Whereas, the state board of education annually presents the Martha H. O’Connor Friend of Education Award to a private citizen who celebrates others’ achievements; does not claim credit for herself or himself; remains resolute in difficult times; demonstrates leadership, grace, and humor; and always makes children a priority, and

Whereas, the 2005 winner of this distinguished honor is Betty Hatch, a retired Walden teacher, and

Whereas, Betty Hatch has played a major role in the educational and civic life of Walden since she moved to this Caledonia County community 60 years ago, and

Whereas, for many years, she taught in the Walden School and became known for her tireless efforts to improve life for learners and inspire both children and adults to become better acquainted with the history of Walden, and

Whereas, Betty Hatch’s roles as an educator, historian, and community volunteer have extended far beyond her teaching career and have continued to this day, and

Whereas, she has been an inspiration for generations of Walden schoolchildren and a positive influence on their lives, and

Whereas, Betty Hatch was a founding member of the Walden Home Demonstration Group, a women’s community organization whose multiple missions include purchasing books for the Walden school and library, assisting families in need, and sponsoring local youngsters at summer camp, and, this year, the organization donated band instruments to the school, and

Whereas, knowledge of Walden’s historic past has been improved vastly due to her school and community projects, and

Whereas, on visits to local schools, Betty Hatch leads place-based history lessons that culminate in a bus trip to the specific sites, and

Whereas, she has written many articles for local publications, including the Hardwick Gazette, The Caledonian Record, and the Northstar Monthly, and

Whereas, Betty Hatch’s abiding concern for the future of public education in Walden was manifested in her successful effort to secure a $50,000.00 donation to the school from a former Walden resident in honor of a former teacher, and

Whereas, she is a leader in both the 4-H and her local church where she teaches Sunday school, and

Whereas, Betty Hatch is truly an unsung hero and town treasure who has enriched the quality of life in Walden in many ways, and

Whereas, she is the mother of three, grandmother of seven, and great‑grandmother of ten who brings enormous energy and enthusiasm to all of her community endeavors, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Betty Hatch on being named the 2005 Martha H. O’Connor Friend of Education, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Betty Hatch in Walden.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont