Priority Children announces 2016 Children’s Champion nominees



GENESEE COUNTY — Jessyca Matthews and Carrie Mattern, teachers at Carman-Ainsworth High, are among the nominees for the Roy E. Peterson Caring Adult Award, presented by the 2016 Priority Children Children’s Champion Award.

Now in its 21st year, the annual awards breakfast recognizes individuals, students and organizations in Genesee County for outstanding efforts on behalf of children.

Awards will be presented at the 21st Annual at the 21st Annual Children’s Champion Awards Breakfast, from 7:30- 9:30 a.m. February 5 at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint.

Children’s Champion Awards Nomination Categories are as follows:

• Roy E. Peterson Caring Adult Award – Any adult (volunteer, employee or college student age 18-59) who goes beyond the call of duty to do something special to help make Genesee County a better community for children. This includes, but is not limited to, working tirelessly in a field that benefits children, leading a faith-based youth group and/ or serving on boards of youth-focused organizations.

Matthews and Mattern are among 11 nominees.

• James T. Dover, Jr. Outstanding Senior Award – Any senior adult (volunteer, employee or college student age 60+) who goes beyond the call of duty to do something special to help make Genesee County a better community for children. This can include, but is not limited to, volunteering regularly at a school, serving as a Foster Grandparent and/or hosting fundraising events to benefit youth.

This year’s nominees are Cheryl Brown, Margaret Miller and Joyce Nutzmann.

• Robert E. Weiss Outstanding Youth Award – A high school student who has done something special to help make Genesee County a better community for children. This can include, but is not limited to, mentoring/tutoring younger children, organizing initiatives to benefit other high school students and/or volunteering for organizations that help children. A nomination in the Outstanding Youth category qualifies 12th grade students to apply for the Bob Emerson Scholarship of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

There are 70 nominees this year representing schools countywide.

• Crim Fitness Foundation Active and Healthy Leader Award – Any adult who goes beyond the call of duty to promote participatory health and fitness activities which benefit the children of Genesee County. This can include, but is not limited to, running a wellness program for children, serving as a coach for a school sport and/or supporting Special Olympics or other organized sporting events for youth.

This year’s nominees are Dan Berezny and Angela Stamps.

• Curbco Vocational Education Award – Any high school senior or post-secondary learner age 24 or younger who is pursuing a career path through vocational education, also known as career and technical education or technical and vocational education and training. The Curbco Vocational Education Award includes a $1,000 scholarship toward training expenses. There are 10 nominees this year.

Outstanding Business, Organization, Government Agency or Community

Initiative – Any business, organization, government agency or community initiative that offers, supports or provides special opportunities for children and youth. This can include, but is not limited to, special programming, resources, scholarships, camps and/or other opportunities which would otherwise not be available.

Bristol Road Church of Christ, the Genesee Health Plan and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Youth Quest are among 25 nominees this year.

For the full list of nominees and other information, visit www.prioritychildren.org Rhonda Sanders


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