Celebrating local superheroes
I am privileged to work with an elite group of superheroes who dedicate their lives to making a difference in the lives of children. These heroes often go unnoticed as they inspire creativity, build confidence, encourage tenacity, and strengthen minds and spirits. They provide a welcoming place for children to learn and grow — a place where children know they are accepted for who they are and challenged to become more than they ever thought possible.
Please join me the week of April 25 in celebrating our local superheroes in the first ever Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. The very heart of after-school programs lie in the dedicated afterschool professionals who devote their afternoons to making a difference in the lives of an estimated 10.2 million children across the country.
SERRC and the 21st Century Community Learning Center at June Nelson Elementary School in Kotzebue would like to tip our hats and raise a glass of milk to our impressive after-school superheroes: Lead Coordinator Janice Hadley, Laura Evans, Lucia Ramirez, Sadie Tollman, Corey Shepherd and the many substitutes that round out the group. Thank you 21st Century Afterschool Professionals for making a difference in the lives of Kotzebue children and inspiring me with your super powers.
Kat Souser is an education specialist with SERRC — Alaska's Educational Resource Center.