Press Release from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, March 15. 2010:
Nashville ––A youth who has turned his life around, a leader who counted improved health of Tennessee children as her legacy and media representatives who help their community better understand children’s issues were honored by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.
Connie Hall Givens, executive director the Tennessee Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health Program, was posthumously awarded the 2010 Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award for her lifelong dedication to school health. Givens, who died in November 2009, devoted her life to improving the health of children as a school nurse in Hawkins County for 27 years and as director of the state Coordinated School Health Program.
Geronn Moore, the vice president of the Mule Town Family Network Youth in Action Council, received the Youth Excellence Award. After his accelerating bad behavior resulted in his spending a night in a detention center, Moore turned his life around. Participation on the youth council gave him an opportunity to educate others about his challenges and to help others.
Three Making KIDS COUNT Media Awards were presented to print media representatives.
Sadie Fowler, Brian Mosely and Mary Reeves of the Shelbyville Times Gazette and Blount Today won Making KIDS COUNT Awards for small market print media. The staff of both newspapers were recognized for their services to their communities, especially in showcasing child serving agencies.
The (Nashville) Tennessean Opinion Page was awarded the 2010 Making KIDS COUNT awards for large market print media for devoting its entire page each day to one issue of concern to Nashvillians in order to provide more in depth coverage from a variety of points of view. A number of those editorial pages focused on issues of importance for Tennessee children.
These awards are presented annually by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth at its Children’s Advocacy Days. The Commission is an independent agency created in 1955 by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families.
For more information on the Commission, the awards and the winners, please call (800) 264-0904 or access the agency’s website at www.tennessee.gov/tccy.