The Flash of Silver Award
Participants in the 1095 Skagit Coalition have come to see the provision of nourishment for children as a river that feeds an irrigation system that reaches every child across Skagit County three times a day, every day of the year – which equals 1,095 meals. Here and there we have found obstacles that limit this essential distribution. Our task has been, and will continue to be, the creative removal of these obstructions.
We see the wild Pacific salmon’s run upstream as a metaphor for overcoming such obstacles. With a “flash of silver,” they leap over what would hinder other fresh water fish, an example to other salmon that will follow.
We have emblazoned this “leaping” salmon on a “silver” spade to remind us that some obstacles need to be dug out by hand, using good, old-fashioned hard work. This effort, like the salmon’s “flash of silver” is the way we can encourage each other as we “dig” our way out of this cultural injustice.
Over the years distinguished community members have been recognized for their compassion, commitment, and consistency in helping to clear the way for nourishment to flow like a river to our children, three times a day, every day of the year: 1095.