ALMOST all of us can remember one person in education who made a real difference to our lives.
It could be an inspirational teacher, the dinner lady who was always there for us or a school volunteer, anyone who helped make our school life or education better.
And that is what the School Star award is all about, recognising those who give their time and experience to others.
Justine Green has been nominated by both Diana Benham and Brenda Hall for her work in adult education.
“I’m a pensioner, I’ve never been able to read or write,” said Diana.
“Justine has taught me how to read and with patience, understanding and compassion,
“I can now read stories to my grandchildren.
“Without Justine, I wouldn’t have experienced the most heart-melting moment of my life.”
Brenda felt Justine deserved recognition for years of helping adults overcome difficulties with English literature, either from educational problems or because of dyslexia.
“Many people owe her so much,” she said.
“Now is the opportune time to recognise everything she has helped her pupils achieve. She deserves rewarding.”
This year’s School Star sponsor is the South Downs National Park Authority.
“The authority believes the environment a young person learns in has a significant effect on how they engage with a subject or idea,” said a spokeswoman. “The people who shape that experience will directly influence them as they grow into members of their community and that is why we are proud to sponsor School Star.
“We want to help celebrate the individuals encouraging the next generation to enjoy, appreciate and care for their communities and environment. The National Park is committed to learning in other ways.
“Our South Downs is a ground-breaking project supporting teachers to get more than 500,000 children outside and excited about the wildlife, history, culture and industry on their doorstep.
“Through the Our South Downs Learning Zone teachers can easily find outdoor experiences tailored to the school curriculum.
“Find out more at learning.southdowns.gov.uk.”
Families for Children is this year’s sponsor of our Mini Hero category.
“Families for Children is one of the country’s first independent fostering providers, working throughout the south over 22 years, offering a competitive remuneration package and the comprehensive training you would expect from one of the south’s leading providers of child-care services,” said a spokeswoman. “Once again, we are delighted to sponsor the Community Awards, with the Mini Hero category being a favourite of ours and very close to our hearts.
“Not all children have the best start in life and it is always a pleasure to celebrate a child that overcomes adversity or one who helps others who are less fortunate.
“If you are interested in fostering please call us on 0800 0197087 or visit www.families-for-children.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you and helping you to make a positive difference to a child or young person soon.
“Congratulations to all nominees from everyone at Families for Children.”
There is also still time to sponsor one of our categories and support our brilliant nominees.
For more information, get in touch with Claire Carter by calling 01243 534147 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are just a few weeks left to nominate someone you know for our Community Awards.
If you know someone who deserves recognition, don’t miss your chance to nominate.
All nominations should include contact details for both the nominee and nominator, which category they are being nominated in, around 50 words on why, and be received by July 18.
A full list of categories and sponsors is below.
The full list of categories in year’s awards is:
Best Community Person
Mini Hero, sponsored by Families for Children
Hero to Animals
Best School, sponsored by Natures Way Foods
School Star, sponsored by South Downs National Park
Best Coach, sponsored by South Coast Skips
Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Chandlers
Best Local Voluntary/Charity Group
Voice of the People
Best Community Event, sponsored by Southern Water
Biggest Contribution to Arts in the Community
Observer Award for Special Achievement, sponsored by Rolls Royce
More information on each category is in the paper, along with sponsor logos.