Stories about the origin of challenge coins vary. The tradition may have begun during the First World War or may even date back as far as the Roman Empire. Whatever the case may be, law enforcement and military challenge coins have evolved into a contemporary practice.

It is common practice for men and women who earn these coins through exemplary service to display them proudly to remind them the work they are doing is worthwhile. The coins also serve as a symbol of their courage and selfless service to the community.

The sheepdog symbol represents those individuals that recognize dangers in the world and are willing to defend those they love. Danger can take many forms and sheepdogs stand ready to protect the people they hold dear through education, selflessness, and commitment.

Recipients of the BSD Sheepdog Challenge Coin can display their coin proudly as a symbol of their service and commitment to fostering a culture of safety and preparedness.


Award

The award consists of a 1.75 inch challenge coin picturing the district seal on the obverse and a stylized sheepdog head with the phrase “I AM THE SHEEPDOG” on the reverse. A citation in the form of a certificate is issued with the coin.


Criteria

This award is given by the Safety & Security Department and may be given based on any combination of the following:

  • Providing invaluable assistance to the Safety & Security Department in the furtherance of their mission
  • Providing additional training or training opportunities over the requirements of the state and district
  • Fostering a culture of safety and preparedness within a group or facility of the Bellevue School District

Recipients

2016-17 School Year
  • Officer Greg Mills, Bellevue Police Department
  • Bethany Spinler, Principal, Big Picture School
  • Jessica Heaton, Assistant Principal, Big Picture School
  • Marnie Kazarian Olson, Teacher, Woodridge Elementary
2015-16 School Year
  • Dr. Tim Mills, Superintendent (Retired)
  • Melissa deVita, Deputy Superintendent
  • Jeff Thomas, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Yasmina Patterson, Administrative Assistant to Deputy Superintendent
  • Connie Soga, Facilities Services Support Manager
  • Beth Hamilton, Principal, Wilburton Elementary School