At the State Board of Education meeting, Friday, Oct. 4, Mountain Green resident Lydia Nuttall was honored with an achievement spotlight and awarded a Certificate of Excellence for exemplary service and dedication in improving education for Utah students.
Brenda Hales, associate superintendent of the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), said, “Lydia is the ideal of a local community member who makes a commitment and stands by it. She cares deeply about children in her community and in the State of Utah.”
Nuttall presented her book, “Forgotten American Stories: Celebrating America’s Constitution” to the USOE several weeks prior and asked for their input. Hales applauded Nuttall’s efforts saying, “Her work has truly been remarkable, and she has the full-blown endorsement of members of Congress.”
“Forgotten American Stories: Celebrating America’s Constitution” has received endorsements from Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Rob Bishop, Lt. Governor Greg Bell, Representative LaVar Christiansen, Utah State Board of Education member Joel Coleman, The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and Dr. Larry Arnn – President of Hillsdale College.
Hales commended Nuttall’s tenacity saying, “Lydia is not just an author. She has served on the Mountain Green Elementary Community Council and she volunteers in classes.
She ran for her local school board last year and lost by only a few votes, but she is not giving up or saying ‘I’m done!’ She still attends local and state board of education meetings.”
In 2012 Nuttall received the Community Leader in Civic and Character Education Award from the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education from Lt. Gov. Greg Bell.
Nuttall is working on getting her book published for schools and parents. “I have discovered for myself that if I see a gap, rather than to wring my hands or complain, it is more fruitful and rewarding to rise up and be part of the solution. When you put your all into something, miracles happen,” said Nuttall who never imagined her stories would go this far.
She first approached the Morgan City Council and Mayor Jim Egbert in 2012. She wanted to see if they would consider providing the financial support for printing the stories once a month in celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Constitution. They unanimously approved, and in Nuttall’s own words, “My life has never been the same since!”
“Every day Lydia models gratitude, patriotism, respect and responsibility,” beamed Hales in her accolades.
Nuttall thanked the Board for giving her the input and support needed to be able to elevate the Forgotten American Stories project to a level that she hoped would someday be able to help families and children in the State of Utah. “My goal is to complete this project, have it published, and be able to have this book on your desks at one of your monthly meetings soon! This is your award as well as my friends’ and family’s award.”
Accompanied by State Superintendent Martell Menlove, David Crandall, vice chairman of the Utah State Board of Education, presented Nuttall with the Certificate of Excellence.
Nuttall has received overwhelming support from local and state leaders, members of the community, members of the state board and friends and family. Her friends and family were in attendance as well as D’Lynn Poll representing Morgan School District. Nuttall appreciated all the local support and says, “One of my favorite quotes I came across during my research says, ‘Many small people, in many small places, doing many small things can change the face of the world.’ I whole-heartedly believe that is true.”