Many people say they want to help those less fortunate. Many people say that they want to help the children, but don't.
When Jayle Cline died on Feb. 13, 2008, of a brain tumor, the world truly lost a woman who cared deeply for children. A native of Clay County, she believed in her motto of children first.
As a child advocate in North Carolina, she spent much of her time as a guardian ad litem (a court-appointed spokesperson for a child) and working with her family in soup kitchens during the holidays.
When Cline Learning Centers, Inc., opened, she became instrumental in the More at Four program and the placement of it in the classrooms. The pre-kindergarten program gives under privileged children in North Carolina a higher success rate of school completion.
Cline believed if it was best for the children, then it should be done.
Cline spent most of her time working for children behind the scenes. She did everything she could to help them through her volunteering and business. Many of her coworkers considered her a good and loyal friend.
"She put everyone else first and never dwelled on her own sickness," Nancy Pittman, friend of 25 years and Director of Cline Learning Centers Inc., said. "She never made an issue of her sickness and she was so selfless by doing everything she could for the children."
Even when diagnosed with cancer for a second time, and the doctors said there was nothing they could do, Jayle still went to work and took care of the children up until a month before she died.
Because of her hard work and love for children, Cline is being honored with an award in her name. The Jayle Cline Business with a Heart Award will be given out annually to a business in North Carolina that puts forth the effort that Jayle did by putting the children first. Through her selflessness and her hard work, many children received an education and necessities that would never have reached them. For that, Jayle Cline will always be remembered.