Gina Saladino, of Gorham, N.H., was one of five New Hampshire citizens recognized by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association (NHSAA) at its annual Champions for Children award ceremony at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, N.H. on May 9. Saladino was the winner for the North Country Region. Also included were Pauline Laliberte for the South West Region, Janet Clark for the South East Region, Kassandra Ardinger for the Lakes Region and Deb Ryan for the South Central Region.
Gina Saladino was also named the overall 2014 State of New Hampshire "Champion for Children."
The Champions for Children award program was established as a meaningful way to recognize local citizens who have given distinguished voluntary public service to benefit children in New Hampshire communities. NHSAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education for public school children and is comprised of superintendents, assistant superintendents, special education directors, business officials and other central office administrators.
Born and raised in Gorham, Gina Saladino returned to her hometown after earning her degree at St. Anselm's College. She and her husband Matt, Gorham Middle/High School's guidance counselor, decided to raise their family in the area where they grew up. As an active wife and mother of three, Gina continuously gives back to her community on many levels.
While serving as a member of CARE/PTA, an elementary parent group, Gina helped to secure funds needed to improve the elementary school gymnasium with new energy efficient lighting by working with teachers to give a presentation to a local education foundation. As a business owner, Gina created the Saladino Spaghetti Fundraiser, an annual event now in its eighth year, that helps generate much needed funds to purchase non-budget items like technology, classroom parties and garden plantings.
In addition, Gina serves as a coach for the Destination Imagination team and youth baseball. She's often found volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning ski team trips and baking for class parties.
Recently Gina became an elected school board member. In her new position, she looks forward to making decisions that best represent the parents and community as a whole, making her an exemplary Champion for Children.