AARP Illinois will recognize stellar teachers and principals in February with its second annual AARP Black History Month Hero Awards. Those who work in the schools are “doing exceptional things in their neighborhoods” but are often overlooked, said Simone Moore, interim associate state director for AARP Illinois.
In December, AARP sought nominations from pastors and congregants at churches on the South and West sides of the city and from Experience Corps, the AARP Foundation program that places literacy tutors in Chicago Public Schools. In 2017, AARP honored 14 educators at 10 Chicagoland congregations. It would like to double the number of honorees in 2018.
The awards ceremonies will take place each Sunday in February during a church service at the honorees’ home congregations. Honorees will receive a gift and a plaque commemorating their contributions. An advertisement in the African American Tribune, a news magazine distributed to about 200 Chicago-area churches, will also list the honorees.
For more information on the AARP Black History Month Hero Awards, contact Moore at 312-315-3528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on how to volunteer for Experience Corps, go to aarp.org/ecchicago or call 312-660-8655.—Lisa Bertagnoli
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