The Seattle School Board honored Cheryl Chow Wednesday night for more than 40 years of service that included teaching and acting as a board president for Seattle Public Schools.
Loving accolades have been showered on Chow since she announced she is dying of brain cancer and came out as a lesbian earlier this summer. The Seattle City Council also honored her on Monday, which it declared “Cheryl Chow Day.”
“Her reputation precedes her and the work she has done on behalf of our students throughout the city is greatly appreciated,” said board member Sherry Carr, according to a release.
Chow’s partner, Sarah Morningstar, and their daughter were also there while others thanked her for coming out.
“I particularly want to thank you for coming out as a gay woman at this point in your life,” said board member Marty McLaren, according to a release. “Your public statement is so important … you help inspire others to confront their fears and prejudice.”
A wheelchair-bound Chow thanked the board but also hoped her civic-minded attitude could rub off on everyone else at the meeting.
“I want to thank the citizens who come to these meetings, and I encourage you to look at the positive, and get in there and get on a committee and help these hard working people out,” she said.