‘Champions’ awarded to community leaders

Members of the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County accept the Champion for Children for Strong Families Award recently at the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth’s annual banquet. Guffrie Smith, president of the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth, reads their award certificate.

The Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth recently celebrated its annual Champions for Children Awards Banquet at Tom Wisner Hall at Kings Landing Park acknowledging Calvert residents for their dedication to serving youth and families.

After a dinner prepared by Calvert Career and Technology Academy culinary arts students, president of the collaborative, Guffrie Smith, presented the champions with a certificate and candle after speeches about the service of each champion was read to the audience.

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office’s Cpl. Glenn Libby (pictured above, surrounded by his family and Sheriff Mike Evans), assigned to serve at Patuxent High School in 2004 as the first deputy school liaison, was awarded the Champion for Children for Healthy Families Award for making a positive impact in the schools and our community by fostering healthy relationships between the sheriff’s office, the Calvert County schools and students. Cpl. Libby also spent countless hours creating the first CAMP Jr. Sheriff with its mission to teach children the importance of self-respect, discipline, integrity and teamwork all while developing lasting bonds with local law enforcement. His ideas, influence and actions have made a difference in Calvert youth’s lives.

Calvert Middle School Vice Principal Catherine Sutton (pictured to the left holding her award and flanked by family and one of her nominators) was presented the Champion for Children for Education Opportunities Award for her dedication to seeing that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed, and for her work with the Mac Scholars program, which encourages minorities to enroll in Advanced Placement and Honors classes. She wanted to lessen the achievement gap for minorities and took the lead for change in the schools and in the community. She taught our youth and adults that one person’s passion and commitment can make an impact.

For being a strong advocate for families in the county, the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County was awarded the Champion for Children for Strong Families Award. Their collective efforts have improved the quality of life for African American families and the group’s powerful voice has strengthened families for 10 years. Members have promoted health, education and economic well being, influenced community leaders to make positive changes, and acknowledged and awarded scholarships to outstanding students and community members. They are an outstanding group of women with an incredible dedication to young people and families.

Bernie Fowler Jr. (pictured, right, with Smith) was presented the Champion for Children Community Collaborator Award for the founding of Farming 4 Hunger, and seeing the need for healthy food which created a solution that feeds stomachs as well as souls. He collaborated with state and local agencies, farmers, business owners, county officials, food bank distributors and the faith community. His compassion brought together thousands of community members from all walks of life, who have volunteered to help at Serenity Farm and in turn have learned the greater lesson of serving others. Farming 4 Hunger has provided students with hands-on education about living healthy, local agriculture, and giving back within our community.

The Champion for Children Youth Award was presented to Huntingtown High School sophomore, Dia Brown. Dia is a positive role model to fellow students and gives her best in academics and extra-curricular activities. She champions history, the arts and the environment through her projects, such as Crochet for the Bay that raises money for bay conservation efforts and the play Brown vs. Calvert County Board of Education: Harriet Elizabeth Brown and Thurgood Marshall Collaborate to Enforce Rights and Honor Responsibilities. She wrote the script and performed Harriet Elizabeth Brown’s role in the play for the Maryland State History Fair this year earning a recognition award.

The story and photos were submitted to The Bay Net by Carol Harvat, secretary of the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth.


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