Barbara Hawkins

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Barbara Hawkins (second from left), president of the Pryor Chamber of Commerce, receives an award as a Champion for Mentoring from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren. Joining in the presentation is Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left). Hawkins was recognized for her volunteer and advocacy efforts promoting mentoring in Pryor Public Schools and Mayes County. Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Barbara Hawkins

Pryor Public Schools

Pryor Public Schools has nominated Barbara Hawkins, president of the Pryor Chamber of Commerce, as its outstanding mentor for her work to promote programs that benefit and mentor students across Mayes County and in Pryor.

“Through Barbara’s tireless leadership, she has assisted in creating mentoring programs and possibilities for literally a generation of students in all of Mayes County,” said Don Raleigh, superintendent at Pryor Public Schools.

Over six years ago, Barbara helped secure the initial funding for Pryor Public Schools The Leader in Me program, which is a leadership and character education paradigm.

“Through this program and our approach, mentoring has moved to the forefront of everything we do,” Raleigh said. “She continually works to collaborate with our students and businesses in our community to provide students with unique real world opportunities.”

Barbara founded the Mayes County Leadership Academy, a program in which leaders are selected to be mentored in all areas of the community (education, business, government) to strengthen their leadership abilities and grow the community.  She is also credited with forming the Third Graders Go to Work: Mayes County Project, with help from the Pryor Chamber of Commerce,  which teaches third-grade students about local business through interactive lessons.

“Thousands of students have benefitted from her direct involvement and her mentoring efforts,” Raleigh added.