YMCA Honored with Adult Education Programming Award

The North Suburban YMCA has announced today that its Adult Education Series (AES), spearheaded by Adult Program Coordinator Karen Brownlee, has received the 2020 YMCA Program Excellence award. The award presentation was held at the Illinois Fall Staff Virtual Meeting held on September 22-24.

The Y’s Adult Education Series has grown to be one of its most popular and innovative adult offerings. Their virtual and live programming features Brain Games, Social Networking, the Y Social Club, the Caregivers Support Group, a virtual walking club, adult fitness classes, Seniorpalooza, and a variety of presentations discussing the latest in health and the community, with speakers from Northwestern Medicine, the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, as well as financial and law experts.

NSYMCA CEO Kathy Fielding commended Brownlee’s steadfast leadership of AES stating that, “Karen is a powerhouse of energy, innovation, and compassion. She always stays one step ahead of what our adult

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USD 489 teacher honored as Special Ed Teacher of Year

Jerry Braun, HMS special education teacher, left, has been honored as the Kansas Special Education Professional of the Year by the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.


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Jerry Braun, Hays Middle School gifted teacher, was recently awarded the Kansas Special Education Professional of the Year by the Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.

Braun was recognized at the Monday Hays school board meeting for his service to the district.

Braun has been a teacher for 24 years. He joined special education four years ago as the gifted teacher at HMS and Hays High School.

He also serves several other districts in the area as part of the special education coop.

“Jerry is an outstanding educator,” Kyle Carlin, special education coop director, said. “He also is very innovative in his classroom and his program.

“He is also a strong advocate for all students, not just the

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Dave Lawrence honored with 2021 Sand In My Shoes award

David Lawrence Jr. has spent more than two decades working to equalize the playing field for all children in Florida.

As chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida, Lawrence has helped expand access to children’s health insurance, education and literacy.

These days, Lawrence is concerned about the future of the entire country. In his view, Greater Miami should lead the way.

“Here’s a community with 2.8 million people, larger than 16 states,” he said. “We ought to be a place that shows the rest of America how to care for each other and respect and celebrate what we have in common, and learn from our differences,” he said.

It is that civic mindedness that has earned Lawrence the prestigious 2021 Sand In My Shoes award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional public service in the metro area.

“David joins a prestigious group

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Danbury School Honored By US Department Of Education

DANBURY, CT — This week, the United States Department of Education has named South Street School as a National Blue Ribbon School, one of 367 schools nationwide to earn the distinction for 2020.

The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. This is the second National Blue Ribbon School in the district in three years. In 2017, Morris Street School earned the honor after working hard to close its achievement gaps.

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

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