The Watauga County Board of Education has presented the Watauga County Schools Servant’s Heart award to longtime Cove Creek educator Laura Johnson.

The award is presented to a WCS employee who is nominated by his or her peers for exemplary service to the school district.

Johnson, who taught at Cove Creek School from 1989 to her retirement in 2015, was recognized for her dedicated service to the school — both during her tenure as a teacher and after her retirement as a substitute.

Bethel School Cafeteria Manager Melody Howell was recently granted a North Carolina Child Hunger Award by No Kid Hungry NC, a statewide non-profit that works to combat childhood hunger.

The NC Child Hunger Hero award is presented to a variety of workers from across the state who operate in various capacities to serve quality meals to children in their areas — from school nutrition staff to community volunteers.

Howell has worked in Watauga County Schools since 2002.

NC Child Hunger Hero Award winners will be recognized at the 9th annual NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference February 19 in Chapel Hill.