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PORTLAND, OR -- A Central Oregon resident has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation. 67 year old Karen Barker who now lives in Powell Butte, taught for 33 years in Portland schools before retiring in 2009. The next year Barker volunteered to help create the Maurice Lucas Foundation. The foundation provides education and recreation programs for middle school students. Barker then expanded the program to include high school and college students. The award notes Barker’s exceptional contributions and dedication to fostering positive change.

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