Darcell Palmer, 1952-2013
Member, Kidpower Board of Directors
As principal at Monroe Elementary School, Darcell ensured that all of the students and staff were trained by Kidpower because of her passionate commitment to children’s safety. Darcell later joined the Kidpower board of directors and, for ten years, provided valued insight and wisdom to the organization. She enrolled her grand-children in classes, bringing some in from distant cities. She was fully dedicated to our mission. Darcell was an extraordinary woman: kind, compassionate, tenacious, intelligent, warm and beautiful inside and out. She was an outstanding role model to many young people. Darcell is deeply missed.
In 2014 the Darcell Palmer Integrity on Behalf of Children Award was created in her honor. This award is presented to members of our community that have shown the same dedication and integrity for the protection of children as Darcell.
For a full list of award winners click here.
Mary B. Johnson 1943-2017
Founding Member, Kidpower Board of Directors
Mary B. Johnson passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2017. Mary was a beloved teacher, friend, co-parent, honorary grandmother, and partner to a long-time Kidpower supporter, Mary Friedrichs.
Mary was an educator and taught mainly at Steele Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She is remembered by so many of her students as the most inspirational and influential teacher in their educational careers. In 1984 Mary received the El Paso Council PTA Crystal Apple award as Teacher of the Year. Her relationships span decades and generations, having sometimes taught the children, and even grandchildren, of her former students at Steele.
After her retirement from teaching, she became a founding Kidpower of Colorado board member, and remained on the board for eleven years. Mary was devoted to the well-being of children and helped to create the strong foundation from which Kidpower grew. She will be deeply missed.