Carol Leibelt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A George Elementary School custodian has received national recognition for her efforts during the University of Washington marching band bus crash on Thanksgiving 2018.

Carol Leibelt was presented as one of four 2019 Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award winners during a ceremony earlier this month in Washington, D.C. The award is presented by the United Classified School Employees.

“If you were to ask any member of the George Elementary Community about Carol Leibelt, they will tell you that she is the heart and soul of George Elementary School and someone whom you can count on, unconditionally,” said Quincy School District Superintendent John Boyd. “Her selfless response to the needs of others during this disaster and in her work as a custodian at George Elementary are clear evidence that she deserves to be recognized.”

On Thanksgiving night last year, Leibelt helped provide a place of shelter at George Elementary for UW marching band members after one of the charter buses crashed on I-90, injuring about 50 band members.

Leibelt was also previously awarded the Red Cross Hometown Hero Award for her actions.

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