Maggie Stevens, today’s guest blogger, serves as the Director for Program Development and Undergraduate Studies in the School for Adult Learning at the University of Indianapolis. In this role and in others she has filled before, she has worked hard to celebrate service and all of the contributions that individuals bring to the table. She is also a member and former chair of the ServeIndiana State Commission and a member of the United Way of Central Indiana’s Volunteer Engagement Committee. Maggie’s commitment to the community and education have led her to serve as a School on Wheels Education Champion judge for the last two years.[/column]

This spring, for the third time, School on Wheels will honor an outstanding Education Champion, and for the third time, I will have the honor of reading nominations of some outstanding and dedicated individuals from our community.

While the person named Education Champion will be honored at a celebratory dinner and receive $1,000 to put toward their programs, this recognition is bigger than one person, one night and one check.

The Education Champion Award is a reminder that it takes all of us to educate the children in our communities. It is not only the classroom teacher or school principal who champions for our kids, but also the school bus driver, the camp counselor, the coach, the after school care provider, the tutor, the social worker or the doctor who helps our curious, adventurous, inspiring kids become strong, confident, productive adults.

So who do you know that champions education for you, for your kids or for the kids in your neighborhood? Honor that person and nominate them as an Education Champion. It’s a way to recognize the gifts that they share with our communities and our kids. It’s a way to say thank you to someone who is working for all of us. It’s a way for all of us to be inspired by and reminded of all of those who are champions for our kids.

Inspired to nominate the Education Champion in your life? Learn more about the Education Champion award or nominate your own Champion today! Nominations are due Monday, February 23rd.