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August 2022 Community Pioneer Winner

Community Pioneer logoFrom community nominated individuals, Pioneer selects one winner every month and award them $1,000 for the organization they represent. Each winner is highlighted on our website and social media in order to spread awareness for their organization's cause. These individuals are people who work or volunteer at an Idaho non-profit organization within our field of membership.

September Winner: Jeannie S. with the Idaho Battle of the Books


woman holding check next to book shelfOur 2022 September Community Pioneer is Jeannie with Idaho Battle of the Books! Jeannie lives in Boise with her husband and was born and raised here in our great state of Idaho! She loves anything outdoors to include hiking, backpacking, and traveling the world! Her favorite destination she has traveled to was Peru.

Aside from volunteering her time, Jeannie works as the School Library Consultant for the Idaho Commission for Libraries, Idaho’s state library agency. She has been with them for 10 years and enjoys sharing her passion for reading with her community!

Idaho Battle of the Books, or IBOB, is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program open to all Idaho students in grades 4-12, regardless of ability. It’s like sports but with books! IBOB is meant to expose students to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The mission of the program is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, share the love of reading with students who have not yet discovered that for themselves, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

IBOB began back in 2017 with just three school libraries in Boise participating. In 2021, the organization became an official 501c nonprofit organization and now serves the entire state. As of now, participating libraries hold just a regional tournament, however the organization hopes to host a statewide tournament in the future so that kids can interact with each other outside of their region. As a Community Pioneer recipient, the winning funds will help towards this goal!

For more information on IBOB or to donate, visit their website.

Previous 2022 Community Pioneer Winners
January Winner: Janice A. with the Mountain Home Senior Center
old woman holding check February Winner: Shari D. with Castleford Community Men's Club
group of people holding a large check March Winner: Cheri M. with the Wounded Vets Fishing Alaska Organization
man holding check April Winner: Cody P. with the Kimberly FFA organization
woman with glasses holding check May Winner: Macarah W. with Boise Period Project
smiling blonde woman June Winner: Lonni with Camp Rainbow Gold
July Winner: Dominique with the Dominifarm Animal Sanctuary
man with a large check August Winner: Jen S. with the Sawtooth Botanical Garden