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Kenton County Schools winner of first 'Champions for Children: the Next Generation' Award
North College Hill H.S. and St. Xavier receive honorable mentions
(Cincinnati--Nov. 1, 2011) Hanners' Heroes--a Kenton County School District project--is the winner of 4C for Children's first Champions for Children: the Next Generation Award.
This project trains and places 800 high school students to work one on
one weekly with below grade level primary students to improve literacy
skills or to mentor students identified as "at risk."
Collins, Sara Callahan and Tonya Brummer are the student leaders who
help train and place 800 high schoolers in relationships with 800
primary students identified by their teachers as needing academic or
4C is awarding honorable mentions to two additional high school projects:
- Dollars for Darfur--a
North College Hill High Project that raises thousands of dollars to
build kindergarten classrooms, pay kindergarten teacher salaries and
provide nutritional support to children in Darfur, Sudan. Erin Daniels is the student project leader.
- Big Buddies at Roll Hill Academy--a
St. Xavier High School project that pairs 10 St. X students with one
or more "little buddies," ages 6 to 9, through a collaboration with the
Roll Hill Boys and Girls Club. Cameron Vogel is the project's student
The goal of the Champions for Children: The Next Generation award,
being presented for the first time this year, is to honor high school
students in grades 9-12 who are taking action on behalf of the
children of our community--or of our world. "We want to reinforce
in the leaders of tomorrow the importance of investing in the
children of today--especially those from birth to age 8," says 4C
President/CEO Sallie Westheimer.
for Children has been recognizing adult community leaders who
champion children since 2006--and will do so again this year at a Jan. 28 Champions for Children Gala
at the Westin Cincinnati. The 2011 4C Champions for Children are State
Senator Eric Kearney, community volunteer Digi Schueler and
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. A special
presentation of the new youth award will also be made at the Jan. 28
be eligible for consideration, projects had to be nominated by Sept.
15, demonstrate the involvement of high school students and do one or
more of the following:
- empower and educate young children through direct service
- provide leadership or raise awareness on an issue that impacts young children
- improve the quality of life of young children.
The projects also had to show ample evidence of success by the time of
its nomination. Kenton County Schools, for example, reported that
students receiving weekly reading tutoring over eight months improved
their fluency rate of words read per minute by an average of 36 words.
most closely matching the above criteria were asked to submit full
applications by Oct. 14. An awards committee meeting in late October
selected the winner and named the two honorable mentions.
awards committee included: Stephannie Byrd, director of Success By 6;
Patti Gleason, president of Cincinnati Early Learning Centers; June
Sciarra, retired professor of early childhood at the University of
Cincinnati; and these community volunteers: Mary Kay Irwin, Joyce
Monger, Merri Gaither Smith and Ann Williams.