WALLA WALLA, Washington-

Walla Walla Public Schools has announced the Art Regier Volunteers of the Year 2021-22. This year’s winners are Ann Ray, Scott Morasch and Heidi Leinweber.

The award was established in 1991 in memory of retired Walla Walla “Grandpa Art” Regier, according to the Walla Walla School District. Regier was a passionate volunteer and “embodied the spirit of volunteerism in education”.

The award criteria include unusual dedication, outstanding service to WWSD children, and demonstration of care, compassion and empathy.

Ann Ray graduated in 1959. She works with the Walla Walla High School Alumni Association, helping with class reunions, maintaining school memories, and gathering information. Her most recent project is moving materials from the district to a warehouse, where she has spent hours reviewing and organizing. Ray made sure the recognition was extended to JROTC students and Councilor Mark Mebes for moving the materials.

Scott Morasch moved to the Walla Walla School District in 1988 and has been actively involved ever since. For 11 years, Morasch served on senior culminating project committees. Morasch has helped local children learn to ski through the Bluewood Ski Team program and is active in the Walla Walla Exchange Club, often hosting the Ducky Derby. He and his wife provide high school students with free clothes for dances at Tabitha’s Closet. Most recently, he became chairman of the district bond oversight committee.

Heidi Leinweber had six children who graduated from WWSD, the most recent of whom graduated last year. She often planned events and cooked for the students, getting involved in various ways. She supported the theater program, created student activities like escape rooms, and volunteered on district committees. She volunteers in a middle school science class for about 12 to 20 hours a week, where the teacher said the students benefited greatly from her support.