Louise Watson

Daily Point of Light # 1247 Nov 13, 1998

Louise Watson lives a life filled with community service. Watson started teaching in Grandfield's elementary school in 1979, and since then has volunteered her services as a mentor, tutor, writer and storyteller. From Grandfield's Head Start program to the senior citizens at the local nursing home, Watson has unselfishly devoted her time.

On her own time and at her own expense, Watson researched, gathered photos and made color slides, then narrated an accompanying cassette about the story of the Grandfield community, also known as "Big Pasture". She has taken this presentation into schools, libraries, churches, nursing homes and historical gatherings. The slides have inspired young people to read and sparked the memories of nursing home residents.

As a member of the Ok-la-homa Tale Spinners, Watson tells stories in the schools, libraries, churches, organizations, etc. Several of her stories have been published in the National Story Art Magazine. She developed an elementary drug education program, in which she uses two bird puppets, named Okla and Homa, to teach kids about the pitfalls of drug use.

Watson's love of writing led her to teach writing in the classroom and to volunteer her summers to teach writing to interested young people. She has also served as a summer volunteer teacher of English for migrant adults.