Nominations Accepted for Civil Rights Award

Nominations are being accepted until January 6, 2017 for the Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Award.

The award applauds the contributions of a current, teacher, administrator or staff member in the Amherst and/or Amherst/Pelham regional school districts who promote the ideals of a just and respectful community built on compassionate relationships.

To nominate a candidate, provide a statement of at least one page explaining why this candidate should be selected.  The focus should be removing systematic privilege based on race and class in our schools.  Email the statement to Pat Ononibaku at You can also share your reasons for nominating a candidate by calling Pat at 413-627-0043.

A recipient will be selected by the RaDAR Committee at the Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast on January 14, 2017.  The RaDAR (Race and Discipline, Action, Rights) Committee grew out of the ARHS Parent Center’s Study Circle Project on Race and Class in the Amherst Schools.  RaDAR was formed to address concerns raised by ALANA (African, African-American, Latino, Asian, Native American) parents regarding issues of discipline, social justice and equity at ARHS.

The award honors the memory of Dr. Norma Jean Anderson (1936-2006) who lived and worked in our community and left a legacy of courage. determination and foresight.

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