Kim A. Hampton: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:08 p.m.
Ms. Hampton has been a teacher in the Alachua County school system for many years and has helped hundreds of students to master educational and life skills that guide them to be proud and contributing members of the Gainesville community. With this nomination, I want to recognize Ms. Hampton’s service beyond the classroom walls, as she supports efforts to bring her Rawlings elementary students opportunities for involvement that last a lifetime in their memories and inspire them to reach further in their plans. I have known Ms. Hampton for about 5 years while she has worked with our elementary age students, but I am sure that this type of service has been a part of her life and outlook for a longer span than that. In our work together with the Chance to Dance program through Danscompany of Gainesville, I have seen her contribute weekly after-school hours to make dance instruction and rehearsal possible, as well as long evenings of practices, and weekends of performances. She is always there for the children’s encouragement and support, giving gentle guidance to achieve their goals. The thank you notes from her students after their performance at the Philips Center reflect what a remarkable experience it is for them, after a year of after-school practicing. She has led them to see their hard work pay off and to be able to share that achievement with all of their families that night. Ms. Hampton is also a mom and grandmother and I am sure her students, family, colleagues, and our Danscompany family would join me in wishing this recognition for this dedicated volunteer and community servant.
Category: Community Service
About Kim A. Hampton
Occupation: Public school teacher
Years in Gainesville: 20
Children: Adults and grandchildren
Thank you for your consideration of this nomination for a very deserving Gainesvillian.
Submitted by Ginny C. Linder