Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement Award Nomination Deadline: Jan 6, 2017

The Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement Award applauds the contributions of a current teacher, administrator, or staff member (in the Amherst and/or Amherst-Pelham Regional school districts) who promotes the ideals of a just and respectful community built on compassionate relationships. Many teachers, administrators and staff who share these goals are acknowledged for their contributions. The RaDAR Committee will make the final selection of the recipient, and the award will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Jan. 14, 2017.

Past recipients include: Roger Wallace Jasmine Robinson Momodou Saar, Mary Custard ShariAbbot Rachel Coblyn, Liz Heygood, and Alicia Lopez, and Agnes Zsigmondi McCraven.

Who is Eligible for Award: Nominee must be a current employee of the Amherst and/or Amherst-Pelham Regional School District as a teacher, administrator or staff person. Nominations are welcome from any member of the community, especially students, parents, and school employees.

1. Provide a statement of at least 1 page explaining why this candidate should be selected. The focus should be removing systematic privilege based on race and class in our schools.
2. Email the statement to Pat Ononibaku (
3. In lieu of a written statement, you can call and share your reasons for nominating the candidate to Pat Ononibaku at 413-627-0043.

All nominations have to be received by JANUARY 6, 2017.
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