Deb Baldwin, the art teacher at Grace Christian School in Columbus, Ohio, was selected by Ohio Governor Bob Taft as a winner in the 2005 Treasure for the Tree Competition.
Each year, there is a competition to select 50 ornaments to appear on the Christmas tree at the Ohio Governor’s Mansion, and become part of the permanent collection. Nominations are received from across the state of Ohio.
Baldwin and her ornament will be officially recognized at a reception at the Governor’s residence. She received news of her selection in a letter from Hope Taft, the First Lady of the State of Ohio. Mrs. Taft wrote, “Your imagination and creativity is to be commended and your brilliant ornament now has a new home!”
Grace Christian School is a ministry of East Side Grace Brethren Church, where Chip Heim is the senior pastor, and Cindy Phillips is the school administrator.
In 1999, another of the school’s teachers received the Henry Salvatori Award for Teaching Excellence, a national award presented by Hillsdale College to the educator who in the opinion of the selection committee best exemplifies excellence in teaching.